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Charlie Morton Placed on DL, Brent Morel Recalled

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and third baseman Brent Morel has been promoted from Indianapolis and added to the active roster. The move with Morton was made retroactive to August 16th and it was called right hip inflammation. The addition of Morel is likely just temporary as Gerrit Cole is scheduled to return to the Pirates rotation after throwing shutout ball in his last rehab start on Friday. Cole won’t be activated until it’s his day to start. Morton has a 3.84 ERA in 25 starts this year. He has thrown 152.1 innings, his most since 2011 when he threw 171.1 innings. Morton lasted just three innings in his last start and gave up five runs. He also allowed five runs in his previous outing, so he has been struggling recently. This is Morel’s third stint with the Pirates this season. In nine games, he is 3-for-16 with a double. He has made four starts at third base for the Pirates.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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