Charlie Morton to be activated tomorrow

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Charlie Morton has been on the disabled list since Aug. 17 with a sports hernia, but he will be activated tomorrow and will start against the Boston Red Sox, reports Jenn Menendez of the Post-Gazette. That will move Vance Worley into the bullpen.

Morton is 5-12 on the year with a 3.84 ERA in 25 starts. Worley has actually been OK filling in. After a horrible year in Minnesota last season, he’s 7-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 16 games, 15 of which have been starts. He’ll be a long-man spot starter down the stretch and should figure in the Pirates’ postseason plans assuming they hold off the Brewers.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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1 Comment’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.