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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Charlie Morton to start rehab Thursday


By on 8/27/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday by the score of 5-2 . The win improved the Pirates to 68-64, third in the National League Central. Ike Davis broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with a three-run home run. Tony Watson got the win in relief to improve to 9-1 on the season. On the injury front, pitcher Charlie Morton, who has been battling a hip injury and sports hernia, will start a rehab assignment on Thursday.


I reported on August 21 that Morton,  who was out with a hip injury, had been diagnosed with a sports hernia. Manager Clint Hurdle said that off-season surgery could aid Morton's current issue and didn't rule out the possibility that Morton could return this season.

An update on Morton, as reported by Karen Price and Rob Biertempfel at triblive.com, is that he threw a bullpen session on Friday and another on Monday. Morton is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday at Double-A Altoona.  He's scheduled to throw five innings or around 75 pitches.  The next step in Morton's recovery could be determined based on how well he responds to Thursday's start.

Morton, in his seventh Major League season, is 5-12 with a 3.84 ERA this season. In 152 1/3 innings, he's allowed only 139 hits and 55 walks, with 120 strikeouts. The veteran pitcher has a record of 35-61 with a 4.53 ERA in 134 career games. 



 
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