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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Charlie Morton has sports hernia

By on 8/21/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday by the score of 4-3. The win improved the Pirates to 65-62, six games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Pirates remain in the thick of the wild card race and have a shot to make a run at the Brewers. They need a pitching staff, that is ranked 18th in the league in ERA, to step it up. A concern is the health of starter Charlie Morton, who is out with a hip injury and now has been diagnosed with a sports hernia.

Our own  Pete Schwichtenberg reported on August 18 that Morton, who is  in the first year of a three year contract extension with the Pirates, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right hip.

An update on Morton, as reported by Stephen Pianovich of, is that he told reporters on Wednesday that he has a sports hernia. This on top of the right hip inflammation really puts the rest of his 2014 season in question.

Morton met with Dr. Thomas Byrd on Sunday and the decision was to allow Morton's hip to calm down a little. The Pirates will continue to evaluate Morton's situation to see if he can return sometime this season.

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 yet this season.
"From the conversations we've had with the doctor, there is a possibility of a return to pitch program that could be put into play. We have to take it one step at a time."
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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