Vance Worley will be starting Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington announced. The start was previously slated to go to Charlie Morton, who returned from the disabled list to start on Tuesday against the Red Sox. As we reported yesterday, Morton’s status was up in the air for Sunday. Huntington ruled out Morton in today’s announcement.
“Charlie Morton experienced increased discomfort near the end of his last start and again during his bullpen session yesterday,” Huntington said via press release. “Charlie will have a follow up exam next week and a course of action will be determined after that exam.”
The move might not make a huge impact, as Worley has been a good pitcher this year. Meanwhile, Morton has been pitching injured, and obviously isn’t at 100% health. He pitched well in his start against Boston, and you’d like to see that kind of pitching against the Brewers. But it might be better at this point to try and get him healthy for the playoffs, especially since the Pirates are now considered near-locks to make the post-season.
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