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50 Charlie Morton SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/235 | Birthdate: 11/12/1983 | Birthplace: Flemington, NJ | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 28/7 | Average Draft Position: 238.55
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Pirates activate Charlie Morton from 60-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:23 am ET) The Pirates activated pitcher Charlie Morton from the 60-day disabled list Saturday. Morton underwent hip surgery in late September after dealing with a sports hernia and could be a candidate to go back on the disabled list in the spring.

Charlie Morton had hip surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton had surgery to repair his hip labrum Friday, the team announced. 

Morton is expected to miss six to eight months following the surgery. Morton had been sidelined with a sports hernia, and had been considering surgery for a couple days. Morton had a 3.72 ERA over 157 1/3 innings. 


Charlie Morton considering sports hernia surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton is considering sports hernia surgery, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Morton's season has already ended, but he's still considering having surgery. Morton was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday night. Morton posted a 3.72 ERA over 157 1/3 innings. 


Charlie Morton placed on disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) The Pirates placed pitcher Charlie Morton on the 60-day disabled list due to a sports hernia. Morton was scratched from his start Sunday and will finish the season with a 3.72 ERA and 126:57 K:BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings.

Charlie Morton scratched from Sunday start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton has been scratched from his Sunday start, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Morton felt pain during a recent bullpen session and will not start. Vance Worley will get the call Sunday in place of Morton. 


Charlie Morton tosses five scoreless innings in win vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton earned a win Tuesday, allowing four hits and two walks in five scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 4-0 victory over the Red Sox.

Morton (6-12) was already at 92 pitches when his spot in the batting order came up in the bottom of the fifth, so the team decided to go the rest of the way with the bullpen, which did an admirable job protecting the lead. Morton owns a 3.72 ERA and 126:57 K:BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Sunday.


Charlie Morton brought off DL for start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton has been activated from the  disabled list ahead of his scheduled start against the Red Sox Tuesday, the team announced.

Morton will be making his first appearance since Aug. 15, when he suffered a sports hernia injury. 


Charlie Morton rejoins rotation Tuesday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) MLB.com reports that Charlie Morton is scheduled to start for the Pirates against the Red Sox on Tuesday, marking his return from a sports hernia. Morton has not made an appearance since his Aug. 15 start at the Nationals.

He will take Vance Worley's spot in the rotation, as Worley will move to the bullpen.


Bullpen stint unlikely for Charlie Morton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Clint Hurdle has indicated that Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton is more likely to return as a potential starter than as a reliever. The team, however, has not ruled out the possibility of using him out of the bullpen.

Morton, who has been out since Aug. 15 with a sports hernia, appears to be closing in on a full recovery. He threw five innings and 86 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday in Philadelphia. Hurdle and his staff will discuss his future role Monday.

"It needs to be asked," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The other things with Charlie is the preparation just to go out and pitch. He's not a guy in the bullpen like [Jared] Hughes and a number of others who's going to be ready in nine pitches. It would be a challenge at the end of an inning to get him up and have him ready by the start of the next because he's started for such a long volume of games."

Morton indeed has started all 25 games in which he has pitched this season. He's 5-12 with a 3.84 ERA.


Charlie Morton's sports hernia not getting better


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton is still feeling the same amount of pain in his groin that he has for three months, and his sports hernia is not getting better, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"It’s always manageable," Morton said Saturday. "It’s just always there."

Morton will throw a simulated game Tuesday before the team determines whether he can pitch again this season.

"I’m just trying to stay ready in case they say, ‘OK, Charlie’s a good option for us right now,’" Morton said. "I didn’t ask to go on the DL, I didn’t really want to go, but I think it was in the best interests of the team at the time because four out of five starts I made weren’t very good. Cole was coming back and we had four other guys that were doing a good job. So I think at the time, yeah, I think it was the right choice. And I think that’s what we’re just doing, is trying to make the best choice for the team. It’s not about me getting in there."



Charlie Morton's next few steps planned out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Tuesday the team's next steps for pitcher Charlie Morton as he continues to work his way back from a sports hernia.

Morton tossed a simulated game at Busch Stadium Tuesday, and is set for another next Tuesday as well. He will also through a side session with coaches watching Thursday or Friday prior to his second simulated game, after which the next step will be determined. He has been out since Aug. 15 as a result of the injury. 


Charlie Morton goes four innings in rehab start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton went four innings during a rehab start Thursday.

Morton allowed two runs on four hits over four innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Morton threw 73 pitches. He's working his way back from hip inflammation. Morton has not pitched since August 15 due to the issue. 


Charlie Morton will start rehab stint on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Pirates starter Charlie Morton is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Altoona, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Monday. Morton was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 17 with right hip inflammation and remains hopeful of pitching again for the Pirates this season.

Report: Injured Charlie Morton planning on 2014 return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Pirates starter Charlie Morton is hoping to get back on the mound despite a sports hernia that could require offseason surgery, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Morton was placed on the disabled list Sunday.


Hip injury lands Charlie Morton on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) The Pirates placed starting pitcher Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right hip inflammation. Gerrit Cole, who is ready to come off the disabled list, will likely take Morton's spot in the rotation.

Charlie Morton lasts just three innings against Nats


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton lasted just three innings Friday against the Nationals. 

Morton allowed five runs on seven hits over three innings of work. He struck out three and walked three during the outing. Morton ran into trouble almost immediately. Morton allowed the first six batters to reach base. Two reached via the walk, while the other four chipped in with singles. Three runs crossed the plate when the inning had ended. Morton managed a scoreless second inning, but ran into trouble again in the third. He allowed four batters to reach base during the inning, and gave up two additional runs. 

With the loss, Morton dropped to 5-12. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start. 


Charlie Morton falters late in outing during loss Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton was locked in early Sunday against the Padres, but he fell apart late in his outing, leading to an 8-2 loss. He allowed five runs on five hits and one walk in five innings, while striking out five.

Morton (5-11) was outstanding at the start of Sunday's game, retiring the first 10 batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk to Yangervis Solarte in the fourth inning. Morton lost his shutout bid two batters later on a Yonder Alonso RBI single.

Morton was still in front 2-1 before he fell apart in the fifth inning. He loaded the bases before Seth Smith hit a two-out bases-clearing triple. Smith then scored on a wild pitch to put San Diego ahead 5-2. Morton would not return for the sixth inning.

Morton, who is winless in his last seven starts (0-2), is expected to make his next start Friday at Washington.


Charlie Morton tosses seven one-run innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton didn't factor in the decision Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on six hits and four walks in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 6-3 loss to the Marlins.

Morton hasn't earned a win in any of his last six starts, but he deserved better Tuesday, when he managed to work around trouble most of the night, aside from an RBI double in the fourth inning. He owns a 3.43 ERA and 112:51 K:BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings. Morton is scheduled to face the Padres Sunday.


Charlie Morton surrenders four runs vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings and striking out two in his team's 7-5 loss to the Giants.

Morton was touched up for three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but his offense was able to dig him out of the hole, even with the starter allowing another run in the third. The bullpen later gave away the lead to deny him his first win since July 2. Morton owns a 3.54 ERA and 108:47 K:BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings. He is scheduled to take on the Marlins Tuesday.


Charlie Morton can't grab a quality start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton couldn’t pick up a quality start Friday against the Rockies.

Morton allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. Morton was solid throughout most of the game. Other than a run-scoring double in the third inning, Morton has solid until his final inning of work. Morton came in to pitch in the seventh inning, and immediately ran into trouble. He allowed two doubles to open the frame, and followed that up with a single. At that point, Morton was pulled from the game. After he left, both of his inherited runners came around to score. 

With the loss, Morton dropped to 5-10 on the year. His next start will come against the Giants.


Charlie Morton surrenders two runs in seven innings Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton didn't factor into Saturday's decision after giving up two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out three in his team's 3-2, 11-inning win over the Rockies.

Morton took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning but fell behind after a two-run blast by Carlos Gonzalez. The Pittsburgh offense was able to even things up in the eighth and take the starter off the hook. Morton owns a 3.28 ERA and 103:43 K:BB ratio in 126 1/3 innings. He's set to face the Rockies again Friday.


Pirates announce post-break rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, who returned from the 15-day disabled list Sunday at Cincinnati, will start the first game out of the All-Star break for the Pirates, according to MLB.com.

He will be followed in a three-game series vs. Colorado by Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke. Edinson Volquez will then open a series against the Dodgers on July 21, and he will be followed by Vance Worley before the rotation resets.


Charlie Morton unable to factor into decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton took a no-decision Saturday night against the Reds in Cincinnati. The right-hander permitted five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings of work. Home runs to Chris Heisey and Todd Frazier nearly proved to be costly for the 30-year-old.

Morton enters the break with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 19 starts (119 1/3 innings). The Pirates have yet to announce their post-break pitching plans, so his next start remains uncertain.

Charlie Morton good, but not must-add


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) Yeah, I'll say there's some legitimacy to Charlie Morton's 2.80 ERA over his last seven starts. Anyone who doesn't isn't paying enough attention. He had a 2.67 ERA over his final 11 starts last year as well.

But what isn't legitimate are his 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings during that stretch. Like most ground ball pitchers, he's not a bat-misser, having never averaged even 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings in the big leagues. At least up until recently, he aimed for quick outs by pitching to contact, trusting it would be weak enough to result in an out. It's the M.O. of pitchers like Tim Hudson, Henderson Alvarez, Mike Leake and Kyle Gibson, and it certainly has its place in Fantasy.

Of course, more contact by its very nature yields more hits, so the downside to a ground ball specialist is a high WHIP relative to the ERA and, of course, a low strikeout rate. I'm not willing to suggest that after seven starts Morton has reinvented himself, so he's just as susceptible. It's enough to make him an iffy option in mixed leagues most weeks, though like Leake, you'll want to keep him around for the two-start weeks.


Charlie Morton twirls a gem in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton twirled a gem, but was not backed by any run support on Monday against the Cardinals, settling for a no-decision. The right-hander yielded one hit and two walks while striking out five over seven scoreless innings.

Over his last three starts covering 20 innings, Morton has allowed only three earned runs. He owns a 3.10 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 18 starts (113 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Saturday at Cincinnati.