BRADENTON -- Right-hander Charlie Morton continues to take positive steps forward after undergoing offseason left hip surgery to repair a labrum tear in mid-October. On Wednesday at Pirate City, Morton threw his first live batting practice to hitters and Manager Clint Hurdle said afterwards that it was successful. Morton threw "two innings", 35 pitches to live hitters.

Although taking a step forward in the process, Morton doesn't consider moving from pitching bullpens to live batting practice as being a huge deal.

"I just consider it a part of the process," Morton said after Spring Training workouts. "It wasn’t really a huge deal. I expected to get out there and basically do what I did. I wish I could have been in the zone a little more accurately."

Live batting practice can be di...

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