Phillies prospect left-hander Adam Morgan has been discussed as a potential option for the major league rotation at some point this season, but any such plans have been put on hold.
Morgan, who left a start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley two weeks ago with a shoulder issue, was diagnosed with a small tear in his rotator cuff. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the young left-hander will opt for rehab over surgery, as he will either get a platelet rich plasma injection or a cortisone injection in the next week. He’ll be shut down for a couple of weeks at the very least.
Selected in the third round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Morgan owns a 3.33 ERA over his first 254 innings as a pro. The 23-year-old has a 4.97 ERA and 29/12 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings over eight starts this season in Triple-A.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.