The Pirates announced this afternoon that right-hander Charlie Morton underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville.
Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review hears that Morton is expected to be sidelined for six months, a timeline which could put his status in doubt for the start of the 2012 season.
Mimicking Roy Halladay’s mechanics, Morton bounced back from a miserable 2010 campaign to go 10-10 with a 3.83 ERA and 110/77 K/BB ratio in 171 2/3 innings over 29 starts this season. Only Jake Westbrook and Derek Lowe had a higher ground ball rate than Morton’s (58.5 percent) among qualified starters. Morton, who turns 28 years old on Wednesday, will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.