The Pirates placed Charlie Morton on the disabled list yesterday with a fatigued shoulder. Reliever Steven Jackson replaced him on the Pirates’ roster.
I didn’t get to see the start by Charlie Morton tonight, but by all accounts, I’m glad I missed it. I was actually at dinner with my family when the game started. My Dad was following along on MLB At-Bat, and giving me the play by play of the first inning. After hearing that Morton walked the first batter and gave up a single to the next batter, then balked both over, I kind of knew what was coming....
A couple weeks ago, I speculated that Charlie Morton was tipping his pitches from the stretch. My theory was that when he came set, he was moving his glove prior to fastballs and keeping his hands still when he prepared to throw an off-speed pitch. Well, I noticed a change on Monday night in Philadelphia. Is Morton attempting to address this issue?
On April 30, Charlie Morton served up a first inning, two-run home run to the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier. The blast came on a decent pitch, 92 MPH with good movement, painting the inside corner. During the next at-bat, the camera cut to the Dodgers dugout, where Ethier was having a discussion with a coach. Did he give us a clue to the mystery behind Morton’s struggles?