On Saturday afternoon, while the Major League club was kicking off the Grapefruit League opener in Dunedin, Fla., right-hander Charlie Morton was throwing live batting pratice at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
It marked Morton’s second live BP session this spring. Morton threw his first live batting practice at Pirate City on Wednesday. The 28-year-old underwent left hip surgery to repair a labrum tear in mid-October.
This outing, Morton threw upped his pitch count to a 40-pitch session to live hitters.
“It all went well,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said after the Pirates 7-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays today. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow morning and we’ll have a better feel for what his next step is.”
Morton said this morning that his next outing should be in the “B” game on Wednesday at Pirate City.