Morton Shows Good Stuff in Rehab Start; Still Has Things to Iron Out

Charlie Morton threw three innings in a rehab start tonight for the Bradenton Marauders, starting his journey back to the majors. Morton has been out since late May last year due to Tommy John surgery, and is now at-most 30-days away from returning to the big leagues. Morton gave up two runs on three hits tonight, walking none and striking out two. Two of the hits were hard hit balls, and resulted in both of the runs. In the first...

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Charlie Morton Making a Rehab Start Tonight for Bradenton

Charlie Morton will make a rehab start tonight for the Bradenton Marauders. Morton is expected to go three innings in his start, and will be monitored after each inning. Matt Benedict will follow Morton, making his normal start a few innings into the game. This will officially begin Morton’s rehab clock, and will put him at-most 30 days from the majors.

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Adalberto Santos Placed on the Altoona DL

Adalberto Santos has been placed on the Altoona disabled list with a left hip strain. Kelson Brown has been added to the Altoona roster to replace Santos.

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Francisco Liriano Looks Sharp in Rehab Start; Contreras Shows Good Stuff

Francisco Liriano and Jose Contreras made rehab starts for the Bradenton Marauders tonight, combining for five innings on the road against Jupiter. Below are the recaps for each pitcher. Francisco Liriano When I saw Liriano last week in a simulated game his stuff looked great at times, but he struggled with his control in the second inning. He didn’t have that problem tonight. Liriano started off strong, striking out two in the...

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Pirates Pregame: Irwin’s Debut, Inge Update, Phillips Returns for Reds

Phil Irwin will make his major league debut today for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the club announced this morning. Irwin won 29 games in five seasons of minor league competition, and while wins and losses are not necessarily a good barometer for the developmental process in the minors, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Irwin’s presence made his teammates better which translated to success on the field. “There comes a point in...

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Tim Alderson Promoted to Indianapolis, McPherson to the DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Tim Alderson to Indianapolis. They’ve also placed Kyle McPherson on the Triple-A disabled list. McPherson had a pretty rough outing last night, giving up seven runs in 1.2 innings. It’s unclear what his injury is at the moment, although he’s dealt with shoulder problems in two different instances over the last year. The Pirates need pitching in Indianapolis...

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