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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: 9999
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Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton can't find a rhythm Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton tossed six innings Saturday against the Blue Jays, allowing six hits, including two home runs and no strikeouts. Morton, who is fighting for a spot in the starting rotation, is still recovering from labrum surgery six months ago.

"Physically, Charlie is in a good place," manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He is trying to make some mechanical adjustments in his delivery, but we don't have any health concerns about him."

Morton isn't worried about fixing mechanical issues just yet.

"Now is a tough time to put a lot of emphasis on mechanics," said Morton. "I gotta go pitch, adjustments or no adjustments."


Pirates SP Charlie Morton struggles again


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton had a rough outing Sunday, getting rocked for six runs in 4 1/3 innings of work while allowing nine hits and two runs against the Astros, per the Pittsburgh Tribune

Morton, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery that required him to tweak his mechanics, is still expected to be a part of the Pirates rotation.

"It's been a challenge for Charlie so far this spring," general manager Neal Huntington said. "The repeating of the mechanics, the consistency and command of the stuff has been a challenge. We've still got some time to go and there are some positive signs."


Pirates' Morton, Locke take the hill Wednesday vs. Phillies


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton gave up one run on two hits and one walk in three innings during his second spring outing Wednesday against the Phillies. He had no strikeouts.

"I thought after the first inning, he was much more consistent," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "He threw some really good sinkers. The ball was just spraying a little bit early. He's going to keep working. He's going to be fine."

Jeff Locke, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, relieved Morton. He allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out two in three innings. He threw two scoreless innings and earned the win in his spring debut March 6 against the Yankees. Locke took the loss Wednesday.


Pirates' Morton: 'No pain' after spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton gave up two hits and two walks in two scoreless innings while striking out one in his spring debut Thursday, his first outing since undergoing hip surgery.

"No pain, which is awesome," Morton said after the game, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "A little rusty, but I got weak contact and groundballs. Pleased by that. But I don't like walking people and falling behind."

Morton is expected to be ready to pitch out of the rotation at the start of the regular season.


Pirates' Charlie Morton up to 30-40 pitches in bullpen sessions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton, who is coming off late September hip surgery, is throwing 30-40 pitches in bullpen sessions, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Morton is expecting to be in the rotation for the start of the season.

Pirates SP Morton throwing off mound for first time since surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton, who is coming off late September hip surgery, will throw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since the operation, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Morton remains hopeful of being ready to pitch in April. He went 6-12 with a 3.72 ERA in 26 starts in 2014.


Pirates P Charlie Morton (hip) expects to be ready by April


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday that his rehab from hip surgery is going well and that he expects to be ready by April. Morton had surgery on his right hip late September. He had the same procedure on his left hip in October of 2011, which caused him to miss one start in 2012. Morton indicated that he's rehabbing more aggressively this time around.

Morton registered a 3.72 ERA and 126:57 K:BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings in 2014.


Pirates activate Charlie Morton from 60-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2014) 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.