Pirates starter Charlie Morton will be sidelined for the next six to eight months after undergoing surgery to repair the labrum in his right hip, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. If all goes according to plan and Morton suffers no setbacks, he could resume baseball activities in April and could rejoin the Pirates’ rotation during the first half of the 2015 regular season.
Morton missed a month between August 16 and September 16 with a sports hernia. He made only one start upon his return, tossing five shutout innings against the Red Sox, before hitting the shelf again. Morton reported feeling pain in his groin, hip, and his glutes.
Morton, in the first year of a three-year, $21 million contract extension with the Pirates, posted decent numbers over 26 starts, finishing with a 3.76 ERA and a 126/57 K/BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.