Morton to make 2015 debut Monday

Morton to make 2015 debut Monday

PITTSBURGH -- After three rehab starts, Pirates hurler Charlie Morton is back. At least, he will be.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said that Morton will start his first game of the 2015 season against the Marlins on Monday at PNC Park. Hurdle also said Vance Worley, who has made seven starts this year but pitched out of the bullpen Tuesday, will stay in a reliever role upon Morton's return.

Morton, who was 6-12 with a 3.72 ERA last season, was placed on the disabled list after an unfavorable outing in the Pirates' last exhibition game -- he walked five batters and hit two in 1 2/3 innings against the Phillies. It capped a difficult spring as the 31-year-old adjusted following offseason hip surgery.

However, Morton has posted positive numbers rehabbing in the Minors. That includes his most recent start, a nine-strikeout showing in 6 2/3 innings with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians.

Hurdle said he has seen video of Morton's rehab starts, but is looking forward to witnessing him in person Monday.

"I am eager to see it," Hurdle said. "It was good stuff to watch, but I'm a big fan of the live version."

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Top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow was placed on the Minor League disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to Monday, with a sprained right ankle suffered earlier this month. Glasnow left his May 6 start for Double-A Altoona early after injuring his ankle while sliding into second base. He skipped his next start and struggled in his return to the mound Sunday, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings.

John McGonigal is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.