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Charlie Morton undergoes Tommy John surgery

Jun 14, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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UPDATE: That was fast. According to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Morton had Tommy John surgery today in Pensacola, Florida. He will miss the rest of the season and figures to be in rehab-mode for the early part of 2013.

11:51 PM: Charlie Morton has been on the disabled list since late May with an elbow injury and now the Pirates fear the right-hander may need season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Morton was working his way back from the DL when he “tweaked” his elbow during a bullpen session Sunday, at which point the Pirates shut him down again and sent him to be examined by a specialist.

Morton was a pleasant surprise last season, starting 29 games with a 3.83 ERA for his first sustained big-league success at age 28, but this year the extreme ground-baller has been sidelined first by hip surgery and now by what may prove to be significant elbow problems.

  1. jsally430 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    let’s be honest the pirate fans would be way happier to see gerrit Cole or tallion anyways

    • redguy12588 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Pirates fans would rather see wins. I don’t care if Clint Barmes is pitching as long as the Pirates are winning.

      Move Lincoln back to the bullpen and put Correia out of his misery. The Pirates have 3 pitchers in AAA with sub 2 ERAs and they all have fantastic K:BB ratio’s. Bring them up and see what they got.

      And promote Cole and Taillon already.

  2. crosberries - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Wait, Pittsburgh has a baseball team??

  3. florida76 - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Funny crosberries, you must have been born in the 1990s. Yes, Pittsburgh still has one of the more storied franchises in all of MLB, despite the losing streak. More batting champions than anyone else, and more primary hall of famers than teams like the Tigers, Reds, and Bosox. And only the Yanks, Cards, and Bosox have won more World Titles for their respective cities. And if you haven’t heard of the numerous great players and moments over the years, I can’t help you.

    Pirates are getting better, despite the doom and gloom crowd, and bad jokes.

  4. crosberries - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    I didn’t know “storied franchises” have years and years of losing seasons. So your saying if you want to follow the pirates its best to go to a museum and see when people weren’t satisfied with a sub .500 season as “getting better”. Face it your everybody’s farm team and the owners just want to make money so they’re content.

  5. aglumac - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Wow crosberries, your clueless. Your probably one of those guys who didnt watch a pens game between the time mario left and Sidney came, Doubt you even know who Rico Fata was lol. While the Pirates may have been guilty of this in the past, they have spent more in the draft in the two previous years than anybody, and havent failed to sign any major first round talent they have drafted despite dogged efforts by Scott Boras. They have drafted guys later, who were quote unsignable, and managed to get them signed too, see Josh Bell, last year. Also, currently, as in right now, not ages ago, they are above 500 and 1 or 2 gb of first place, see you two years from now when your a huge buccos fan talking about how you stuck with all the losing seasons.

  6. crosberries - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Haha I don’t need to prove my support for the pens but I will never be a pirates fan baseball puts me to sleep especially the pirates. Congrats that they can draft guys look at the stats for how many of those guys actually pan out. Also the guy the pirates drafted this year will most likely not sign with the team from what I’ve heard unless he changed his mind. Legit good pro players pretty much refuse to come here or they finish out what they have to and leave as soon as possible. You can keep you super cool “I was a buccos fan before it was cool” shirts. They were in the same exact position last year and will end up fizzling again this year while ranking last in the MLB in runs, ops and walks, and second to last in batting average. Doesn’t look too good.

  7. ironcity6pak - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Crosberries sure does follow Pittsburgh sports because he comments on all of them along with the steelers and pens posts. Pick a team you like and follow them, stay out of our posts with you moronic comments.

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