Pirates Notebook: A Bad Week All Around For the Pirates Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates flew into Baltimore tied for first place with the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. They were on a four-game winning streak, a sweep of the Kansas City Royals, and a season-high five games over .500. The Bucs headed into their 60th game of the season on Tuesday with a 32-27 record — the most wins for the Pirates at the 60-game mark since the 1992 team was 35-25. Baltimore and Pittsburgh have...

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Charlie Morton Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Right-hander Charlie Morton underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow today. The surgery, most commonly known as Tommy John, was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL. The recovery period for this type of surgery is typically 12-18 months. Chris Mueller of 93.7 the fan was the first to report that Morton may need to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery early this morning. Dejan...

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Morton Not the Same Pitcher, and Now on the DL

Right-hander Charlie Morton hasn’t been the same pitcher this season that Pittsburgh saw in 2011, when he posted a career-best 3.83 ERA over a team-leading 171.2 innings. Morton entered the 2012 season having come off offseason surgery on his left hip to repair a labrum tear in mid-October. That injury forced Morton behind during spring training, and delayed his regular season debut until April 14th in San Francisco. Morton...

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Charlie Morton to DL, Juan Cruz Reinstated

The Pittsburgh Pirates made two roster moves today, reinstating relief pitcher Juan Cruz, and placing Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list. Cruz was on the restricted list, dealing with some personal business in the Dominican Republic. He was expected to return for the weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Morton has struggled recently, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. The move is...

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Pirates Notebook: Morton Not in the Same Place as Last Year

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Charlie Morton has been struggling with leaving the ball up during the month of May. After posting a 2.65 ERA over his first three starts in April, Morton has a posted a 5.70 ERA after his eighth start of the season on Tuesday at PNC Park against Cincinnati. “There were some sequences that weren’t sharp,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s still I think repeating his...

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