Morgan allowed two hits in two scoreless innings Monday in a 1-0 victory over the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Other than 16 2/3 innings in the Arizona Fall League last year, it was the first time Morgan had been on the mound in a game since August 2013 because of a left shoulder injury.
"My arm felt great," he said. "I've got to start fine-tuning my command. I just have to stay on top and keep on going. I was anxious and excited and a little bit nervous, but I think that being a little bit nervous is good for you. If you're not nervous and excited, where's the passion? It felt good to get back out there and compete."
Morgan, whom the Phillies selected in the third round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, injured his left shoulder in May 2013. He tried rest and rehab, but the shoulder never improved. He finally had surgery in January 2014, which required months of rehab before he got his feet wet in the AFL.
If Morgan, 25, had not sustained the injury, he almost certainly would have made the jump to the big leagues in 2013. That season started with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan in the rotation.
Halladay and Lannan suffered injuries, which allowed Jonathan Pettibone, Tyler Cloyd, Ethan Martin, Zach Miner and Raul Valdes to make a combined 42 starts.
"He looked like he had a good arm," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He showed some composure out there. Really my first look at him, but I liked what I saw."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.