After a quick start at Triple-A, A.J. Morris found himself on the disabled list with a forearm strain on June 25.
However, the stint on the shelf is expected to end soon, as Morris will begin throwing side work this week and is expected to return to action shortly after the Triple-A All-Star break next week.
Morris was promoted June 7 after posting a 1.64 ERA in Altoona and he saw early success with Indianapolis. Despite a struggle in his final outing, Morris had three very strong starts, including a six-hit shutout on June 12.
Prior to going on the DL on June 23, Morris had his toughest outing of the season. He lasted only three innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs, while walking a pair.
In his other three starts in Triple-A, he struck out 15 hitters in 20 innings. In those starts, Morris allowed three total earned runs on 17 hits.
As smooth as Morris was in the first three starts, it appears the fourth may have been a struggle due to the injury.
Ryan has been following Indianapolis baseball for most of his life, and the Pirates since they became the affiliate in 2005. He began writing for Pirates Prospects in 2013, in a stint that ran through 2016 (with no service time manipulation played in). Ryan rejoined the team in 2022, covering Indianapolis once again. He has covered the Pirates in four different big league stadiums. Ryan was also fortunate enough to cover the 2015 Futures Game in Cincinnati.