Wednesday, the Phillies announced that RHP Charlie Morton had suffered a torn left hamstring while running to first in Saturday’s game against Milwaukee. Morton is scheduled for surgery on May 2, which will effectively end his season, as the recovery time is 6-8 months.
After exiting the game Saturday, Morton was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, initially believed to be a strained hamstring that would cost the right hander a couple starts. After further testing in Philadelphia, an MRI revealed the far more severe injury.
Morton, 32, was acquired from Pittsburgh in an offseason swap of right handed pitchers, with the Phillies sending minor leaguer David Whitehead, in an attempt to provide a veteran presence in the rotation which has three players under the age of 26. He was also a player with potential to further the rebuild at the trade deadline, provided his performance was consistent.
This season Charlie Morton made four starts, accumulating a 1-1 record with a 4.15 ERA. That will be the final stat line this season.
Though it has not been officially announced, all speculation points towards 26-year old lefty Adam Morgan replacing him in the rotation. He was scratched from his start for Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, and will presumably make the start on Friday versus the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park. With the addition of Morgan, the rotation will consist of four under the age of 26, with Jeremy Hellickson the elder statesman at 29.
Morgan was sent to the Iron Pigs this spring after losing a hard fought battle for the 5th spot in the rotation to newcomer Vince Velasquez. He will once again have a chance to prove he is a mainstay for the future.
Adam Morgan has a career 5-7 record and a 4.48 ERA in 15 starts for the Phillies last season.
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