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.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.