Pirates starter Charlie Morton wasn’t very effective in Saturday’s spring training finale against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The right-hander walked five and hit two batters in 1 2/3 innings. Per Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Morton said, “I’m throwing the ball behind guys. It’s crazy. I’m trying to be professional out there. That’s not professional. That’s a joke.”
Morton, 31, had surgery last September to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. He is headed back to the disabled list with more hip problems, Sawchik reports. Vance Worley, who was slated to begin the season in the Pirates’ bullpen, will take Morton’s spot in the starting rotation. Morton posted a 3.72 ERA with a 126/57 K/BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings last season.