Injury Notes: Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens, Chase d’Arnaud

A few injury updates this morning: **Rob Biertempfel has an update on Charlie Morton, who will be making a rehab start on Thursday for Altoona: #Pirates Morton slated to make rehab start Thursday for Double-A Altoona — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May 12, 2013 Game plan for Charlie Morton includes 2 rehab starts. If all goes well, he could rejoin #Pirates on or around May 26 — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May...

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Who Could Take James McDonald’s Spot in the Rotation?

The Pittsburgh Pirates had Jeanmar Gomez in the rotation after dropping Jonathan Sanchez last week. Gomez was expected to be replaced this weekend by Francisco Liriano. Today, James McDonald went on the 15-day disabled list, which put Gomez back in the rotation for the short-term. Liriano is still set to join the rotation on Saturday, but the Pirates will need a starter to replace McDonald on Sunday. Here are my thoughts on who could...

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Pirates Pregame: Update on Charlie Morton

The Pittsburgh Pirates doctors have diagnosed pitcher Charlie Morton with “some shoulder tightness in the back” according to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Morton left his Friday start for Indianapolis in the third inning and returned to Pittsburgh on Saturday to be examined by the team’s medical staff. “Nothing more significant or serious than that so we’re going to slow him down, have him play some...

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Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham and Orlando Castro Continue Strong Starts

Top Pitcher: Orlando Castro, Top Hitter: Matt Hague, HR: Matt Hague, Matt Curry, Jarek Cunningham

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Charlie Morton Removed From Start With Right Shoulder Tightness

Charlie Morton was making a rehab start tonight with the Indianapolis Indians, but was removed after three innings and 49 pitches. The Pirates announced that he was removed due to right shoulder tightness. No other word on the injury. Morton gave up one unearned run on two walks and no hits, with one strikeout. He threw 49 pitches and 23 strikes.

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