A.J. Morris threw a complete game shutout in his second AAA start

A.J. Morris Gears to Return After the Indianapolis All-Star Break

After a quick start at Triple-A, A.J. Morris found himself on the disabled list with a forearm strain on June 25.

However, the stint on the shelf is expected to end soon, as Morris will begin throwing side work this week and is expected to return to action shortly after the Triple-A All-Star break next week.

Morris was promoted June 7 after posting a 1.64 ERA in Altoona and he saw early success with Indianapolis. Despite a struggle in his final outing, Morris had three very strong starts, including a six-hit shutout on June 12.

Prior to going on the DL on June 23, Morris had his toughest outing of the season. He lasted only three innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs, while walking a pair.

In his other three starts in Triple-A, he struck out 15 hitters in 20 innings. In those starts, Morris allowed three total earned runs on 17 hits.

As smooth as Morris was in the first three starts, it appears the fourth may have been a struggle due to the injury.

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Ryan Palencer

Ryan joined Pirates Prospects as the Indianapolis Triple-A writer in 2014. Prior to joining Pirates Prospects, Ryan covered high school, college and professional sports in the Indianapolis area. For more updates throughout the season, follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanpalencer.

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