Charlie Morton Undergoes Hip Surgery
Sep26

Charlie Morton Undergoes Hip Surgery

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that pitcher Charlie Morton underwent surgery today to repair the labrum in his right hip. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, TN. The estimated recovery time for this particular procedure in 6-8 months, which puts Morton’s return if all goes well right around Opening Day, but the more likely return date would be a month or two into the season because he would be...

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Morton to see Specialist, Gallardo’s Success against the Pirates
Sep19

Morton to see Specialist, Gallardo’s Success against the Pirates

Morton’s Season Dependent on Doctor’s Visit Before today’s game, the Pirates announced that Vance Worley will start Sunday in place of Charlie Morton. Morton pitched Tuesday against the Red Sox, throwing five scoreless, four hit innings. Morton ran up his pitch count to 92 on the game, and was taken out early as a result. Some late pain might have factored in, as well. “Actually felt some discomfort at the end of the...

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Vance Worley to Start on Sunday After Charlie Morton Ruled Out
Sep19

Vance Worley to Start on Sunday After Charlie Morton Ruled Out

Vance Worley will be starting Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington announced. The start was previously slated to go to Charlie Morton, who returned from the disabled list to start on Tuesday against the Red Sox. As we reported yesterday, Morton’s status was up in the air for Sunday. Huntington ruled out Morton in today’s announcement. “Charlie...

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Charlie Morton’s Availability For Sunday Start Up in the Air
Sep18

Charlie Morton’s Availability For Sunday Start Up in the Air

Charlie Morton is scheduled to throw a bullpen before tonight’s game against the Red Sox. How he feels afterwards will determine whether or not he is able to start Sunday against the Brewers. According to Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle, Morton felt good throwing off of flat ground since he made his start on Tuesday night. However, his bullpen session will prove whether or not he is comfortable enough throwing off of a mound. “I...

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Hurdle on Liriano; Jordy Mercer Injury Update
Sep17

Hurdle on Liriano; Jordy Mercer Injury Update

Francisco Liriano gets the nod tonight against Boston, making his 27th start of the season. Liriano has pitched like an ace in the second half of the season, with a 2.22 ERA and a 2.68 xFIP. One of the big differences in Liriano’s performance in the second half has been his ability to limit the walks and command all three of his pitches. Liriano lowered his first half 4.91 BB/9 to 3.26 BB/9 in the second half. His better command has...

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The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes
Sep15

The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done a good job of preserving pitcher health and avoiding major injuries in the minors. A lot of this is due to their conservative approach with pitch counts and innings limits, especially at the lower levels. Despite this, it’s impossible to totally avoid injuries with pitchers, as we saw this year. In Spring Training, top prospects Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes both went down with Tommy John...

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