Rob Biertempfel and Michael Sanserino have the potential return dates for Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton.
Potential return dates: Liriano May 11. Morton May 14.
— Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) May 1, 2013
#pirates hurdle: Liriano back on May 11, Morton around May 14
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May 1, 2013
As I wrote on Monday, the Pirates don’t need Francisco Liriano until May 11th. Due to the off-days in the next week, they can move A.J. Burnett, Jeff Locke, and Wandy Rodriguez up a day to May 8th-10th. That would place a need for a starter on the 11th, which is when Liriano should return.
The May 14th date is interesting for Morton. Looking at the probable pitching chart, that lines up with Jeff Locke’s start. That leaves open the possibility that the Pirates could go with Morton over Locke when he returns.