Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano Hoping to Return in May

Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano both threw at Pirate City this afternoon. Morton threw a 35-40 pitch bullpen session, which came two days after he threw two innings in an extended Spring Training game. Liriano threw two innings of a simulated game, throwing about 30 pitches total. I spoke with both pitchers after their work today to discuss how they were feeling physically, and when they expected to return to the majors. Charlie...

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Injury Updates: Liriano, Karstens, Morton

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle addressed the status of several of the team’s injured pitchers prior to today’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Francisco Liriano threw off a mound yesterday and Charlie Morton threw a simulated game today, Hurdle said. “All our guys are making progress,” he said. Jeff Karstens is still nursing an inflamed right shoulder. Hurdle said he expected Karstens to begin throwing...

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Inge, Morton, Liriano and Karstens to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially placed third baseman Brandon Inge and pitchers Jeff Karstens, Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list. With these moves the 25 man rosters is officially set for Opening Day tomorrow. The Karstens move is retroactive to March 22nd, while Inge is retroactive to March 26th. The Pirates are hopeful that Liriano and Morton will be back around the 1st of June.

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Karstens Scratched With Soreness – How Does This Impact the Roster?

Jeff Karstens was originally scheduled to make a start today against the Baltimore Orioles. Instead he was scratched and will be replaced by Chris Leroux. Prior to this, Karstens had yet to throw more than two innings in a start, and the season is a week away. The reaction that I’ve seen so far is that this will open up the competition for the final two rotation spots. Most had Karstens getting one of the two final spots, with...

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Minor League Injury Updates: Chambers, Pribanic, Fuesser, Hornback

Here are some injury updates from minor league camp. **Evan Chambers broke his foot and will be out for eight weeks. The 2009 third round pick had successful surgery last week, and had his cast removed this week. He has been walking on crutches with a boot the last few days. **Aaron Pribanic had labrum surgery in the off-season, after throwing once in Australia. The right-hander, who was acquired in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell trade in...

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Injury Updates: Tony Watson, Charlie Morton, Ali Solis

Yesterday the Pirates had several players rehabbing over at Pirate City. Tony Watson threw an inning in one of the minor league games, while Charlie Morton threw a bullpen and live batting practice, and Ali Solis took live batting practice. I spoke with all three players after their work. I’ve been under the weather the last two days, so here is the delayed update. **Tony Watson had been out of action since February 28th,...

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