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

Charlie Morton will resume his rehab work on Thursday.
Charlie Morton will resume his rehab work on Thursday.

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:

The 26th would be Morton making two starts, and getting five days rest. That would give Jeanmar Gomez three starts in the Pirates’ rotation, including today’s start against the Mets. The Pirates couldn’t really avoid that third start. They have an off-day on May 20th, which means they could move A.J. Burnett and Jeff Locke up a day and keep them on five days rest. The problem is they’d need a starter on the 25th, and would be left with a choice of Wandy Rodriguez or Charlie Morton on four days rest.

**Bill Brink reports that Jeff Karstens will be throwing three innings and 50 pitches tomorrow for Bradenton.

I’ll be at that start in Clearwater, and will have a report on the game. Francisco Liriano did the same thing in his rehab, starting off in Bradenton, then quickly moving to Altoona. If the Pirates keep Karstens as a starter, then he would have about four more starts after this one to be fully stretched out. He could be back sooner if they choose to make him a multi-inning reliever. However, I don’t see that happening right now. Charlie Morton will probably join the rotation at the end of the month, but we don’t know when James McDonald will be back, or how effective he will be. That leaves the rotation one injury away from having Gomez as their only option again. It would be better to have Karstens in that role.

**Biertempfel updates us on Chase d’Arnaud, who was hit in the hand with a pitch in yesterday’s extended Spring Training game.

The next home game for extended Spring Training is Thursday, so if d’Arnaud is still there, I’ll get a chance to see him then.

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Cool, I live in Clearwater. I’ll have to go see “Zombie nation” tomorrow. I hope he does well.

Matt Beam

After today’s start, I think Gomez gets the next 2 starts until Morton is ready and to be honest if he continues to pitch this way (albeit 5 innings at a time) there may not be a reason to rush anybody back.

The team has to be beyond thrilled with what they’ve gotten from Gomez the last 2 starts, walking away with a win today when it’s Gomez vs Harvey is outstanding.

With Gomez pitching well and Morton ready to go in 15 days (barring another setback), does JMac get sent out on a bunch of “rehab” start to get his body and mind right?

Lee Young

Today i’m getting ‘how to get ripped, aka abs’ and alzheimer ads.

I think I prefer the ‘Kiss’ ads…lol

Lee Young

Tim…you mentioned those Google ads…weird…I see no reason that I should be getting ‘singles’ ads.

I do almost nothng but sport sites unless I do some restaurants, travel, etc.

I joke with my wife about the EHarmony/ stuff I get in my Spam Folder along with the normal Visa/Credit stuff (we’ve paid cash for EVERYTHING for the last 15 years).

Makes about as much sense as keeping JohnnyOldMac over Mercer.

Maybe they just figure since i’m 60, I need cheering up.



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