BRADENTON, Fla. -- Charlie Morton has been working hard progressing back from offseason left hip surgery this spring. The right-hander however, despite taking huge steps forward, will start the 2012 season on the disabled list.

The decision to place Morton on the 15-day D.L. came the day after giving up six runs on eight hits over five innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. After his start, Morton said he understood the decision the club was in, but wanted the ball to start the season.

"We’ve let him know that while we’re excited about where he is, and it’s a tremendous progress to be where he is, our belief is to give him another start down here before Philadelphia. Then probably one start in the minor leagues, then reevaluate at that point in time," Pirates General ...

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