Charlie Morton missed a big chunk of the season with a sports hernia, was activated a couple of weeks ago and was shut right back down after he continued to feel pain. Now surgery may be in his future, reports Bill Brink.
That stinks for him, but to be honest, the Pirates got a lot of great starts from Vance Worley in Morton’s absence, and it shouldn’t be too big a falloff for the playoffs. Assuming, of course, the Pirates play more than just a wild card game.
Even if Morton has surgery, he should be ready to go for spring training.
I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.
Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.