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Charlie Morton to Start Thursday, Wandy Rodriguez on Disabled List

Charlie Morton to Start Thursday, Wandy Rodriguez on Disabled List

Right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton is set to start Thursday for the Pirates, one year to the day before his Tommy John surgery. While returning to the Majors 12 months after the reconstructive elbow procedure is a relatively quick recovery time, Morton has been itching to get back for a while.

Charlie Morton is expected to face the Giants on Thursday.

"I was on pace to be back a little bit quicker than I was, so I was disappointed at the same time," Morton said. "I'm just glad to be able to be pitching again."

Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with forearm tightness, which opened up a spot on the roster for Gerrit Cole to start Tuesday. Rodriguez will be eligible to return to the roster June 21. Manager Clint Hurdle said the pitcher had complications playing catch Sunday, so a planned bullpen session Monday "never really got off the ground."

Morton made nine minor league starts this season, though a setback in May delayed his return. In the...

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