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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: 8 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 17/11 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton returns to rotation with win Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings of work in his season debut for Pittsburgh on Monday. Morton added three strikeouts and no walks in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Morton had just two blemishes on his day. In the first, after allowing a leadoff single to Dee Gordon, he stole second and later scored on a Giancarlo Stanton single. Then in the third, Stanton blasted a solo home run. 

"That was the best I've felt in a while," Morton said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "My timing's better. My direction's a bit better. Everything's just better overall. I think my sinker was working pretty well. I kept it down a little bit and got a lot of ground balls."

Morton, now 1-0, begins his year with a 2.57 ERA. He will look to keep things rolling on Saturday against the Padres.


Pirates SP Charlie Morton back; RP Radhames Liz designated


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) The Pirates had already announced that right-hander Charlie Morton was set to start Monday against Miami, but they had to take care of some business first.

That was accomplished when they reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. His start will be his first since he underwent labrum surgery in September.

The team designated fellow righty Radhames Liz for assignment to make room for Morton.


Pirates SP Charlie Morton set to return to mound on Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton has been named the starter for Monday against Miami, MLB.com has reported

Morton has been sidelined since last September and has been rehabbing from labrum surgery.

He was tearing it up at Triple-A Indianapolis to the tune of a 2-1 record and 1.33 ERA. He walked just six and fanned 22 in 20 1/3 innings.


Pirates' Morton to make one final rehab start before joining rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will make one final Triple-A rehab outing on Tuesday before rejoining the big-league rotation, reports MLB.com on Saturday.

Morton, who is working his way back from labrum surgery, owns a 0.64 ERA through 14 rehab innings. He hasn't appeared in a big-league game since Sept. 16.

He is slated to return May 25-27 against Miami.

"We want to make sure Charlie is taken care of, that he's given every opportunity to be as sharp as he can be when he comes in," said Hurdle, who implied the staff has already decided how to work him back in and does not need the extra time to make that decision.

"We have a good idea of what we want to do," manager Clint Hurdle said.


Pirates' Charlie Morton could be close to a return from injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will be leaving his current rehab assignment and will throw a bullpen session on Saturday in Chicago, manager Clint Hurdle said. The team will discuss next steps following the session, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Morton is working his way back from labrum surgery and pitched well in his rehab start on Thursday, throwing his fastball between 88-92mph, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Morton could be nearing a return to the rotation. He hasn't thrown a big-league pitch since September 16.


Pirates' Charlie Morton strikes out eight in Triple-A rehab outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton allowed two runs (one earned) on 11 hits in seven innings while striking out eight in his rehab debut with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

Morton threw 96 pitches (68 strikes) in the start, his second straight lasting seven innings after doing so with Double-A Altoona last week. The pitcher is on his way back from labrum surgery and could factor into the major-league rotation as early as next week.


Pirates' Charlie Morton to make Triple-A rehab start Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton (hip) will throw a bullpen session Monday before joining Triple-A Indianapolis for his next rehab start Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Morton is working his way back from labrum surgery. He fired seven scoreless innings in a rehab start with Double-A Altoona Friday and is ready for the next step in his recovery. If all goes well with Thursday's start, it's possible Morton joins the Pirates the following week.


Pirates' Charlie Morton tosses seven scoreless innings Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton began a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona Friday, allowing just two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out five.

"I don't want to come here and just ease back into it," Morton said Saturday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I want to come back and be the best pitcher I can be."

Morton is working his way back from September labrum surgery.


Pirates' Charlie Morton to begin rehab assignment Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Morton, who is recovering from September labrum injury, has seen action in a simulated game but has yet to begin a rehab assignment. He went 6-12 with a 3.72 ERA and 126:57 K:BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings in 2014.


Pirates SP Charlie Morton moves closer to return after simulation game


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (labrum) made progress Saturday pitching in a simulated game at the organization's training complex and moved closer to rejoining the team's rotation, reports MLB.com. 

Morton, who's recovering from labrum surgery on Sept. 25, threw 93 pitches in a six-inning workout.

"Charlie threw all his pitches, and thought it went well," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Morton went 6-12 with a 3.72 ERA last season


Pirates' Charlie Morton to pitch injury rehab game on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will pitch in a minor league injury rehab game on Saturday, manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com.

Morton is on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury. He'll pitch for Class A Bradenton Maulers. 


Pirates SP Charlie Morton scheduled to throw 65 pitches Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton is scheduled to make an extended spring training start Thursday, reports MLB.com.

Morton is trying to work his way back from right hip surgery and is set to throw 65 pitches during Thursday's start.

"Thank god he's not in pain, he's healed," Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage said. "Now he's got to get those muscle repetition memories going in the right direction, before he knew he was OK, but he just couldn't get in sync. That's why the simulated games, the bullpens and making sure that all his long toss on flat ground is monitored."

If all goes as planned, Morton will return from the disabled list around June 1.

"Right now, it's a process and we've got to stick with it and we've got to make sure that Charlie is comfortable with himself and that we feel comfortable with where Charlie's at," Searage said. "And we'll just take it one start at a time."


Pirates likely to give Charlie Morton another extended spring start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton threw 55 pitches in an simulated game at extended spring training on Friday. He's currently on the disabled list with a hip injury. 

Before he goes on an injury rehab assignment with a Pirates minor league affiliate, the team will likely have him make one more extended spring appearance, according to the Post Gazette


Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton throws 55 pitches in simulated game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton was able to throw 55 pitches in a simulated game Friday against minor league hitters, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune.

"It went well. It was a step forward," Hurdle said. "(Pirates special assistant Jim Benedict) said it was a good day for him and the delivery is syncing up to what we saw '13 and '14 in good stretches."

Morton is currently on the 15-day DL with a hip injury and is yet to step on the mound in 2015 for Pittsburgh.


Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton to throw in extended spring training


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton is expected to throw 3-4 innings in an extended spring training Saturday, manager Clint Hurdle said per the Pittsburgh Tribune.

Morton, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a hip injury, has been making "incremental progress" towards a return to the hill. Morton posted a 6-12 record with a 3.72 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 157 1/3 innings in 2014.


Pirates' Hurdle: Charlie Morton making 'incremental' progress


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (hip) threw seven innings in a simulated game last week, manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday. However, Hurdle added progress is "incremental."

"We're just working on things," Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


Pirates place five players on 15-day disabled list


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Pirates have placed Jaff Decker (calf), Charlie Morton (hip), Chris Stewart (hamstring), Justin Sellers (Achllies) and  Brandon Cumpton (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Sunday.

Pirates place Charlie Morton (hip) on 15-day DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Pirates placed pitcher Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Morton is working his way back from September hip surgery and is expected to pitch in extended spring training.

Pirates' Morton (hip) to start on DL; Worley will take rotation spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will start the season on the disabled list with lingering effects from offseaosn hip surgery, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Vance Worley will take Morton's spot in the rotation.

Morton is roughly six months removed from hip surgery. He held a 6.46 ERA over 15 1/3 innings of work this spring. Morton told reporters he'll likely start the year in extended spring training to receive more reps.


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.