Morgan was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Thursday's start against Colorado, Ryan Lawrence of The Philly Voice reports. The left-hander was plugged into a spot start Thursday into Colorado and he was unable to slow down the Rockies' potent lineup. Morgan was tagged for six earned runs over 5.0 innings and gave up three home runs during his outing. According to Lawrence, Andrew Bailey (hamstring) is a likely candidate to take Morgan's roster spot seeing as he's eligible to return from the DL on Friday.
Morgan will start Thursday against the Rockies in place of Aaron Nola (rest). Morgan spent time in the rotation earlier in the season, but rarely made it deep into games and lost five straight during one particularly rough stretch. Things don't appear in line to get any better with his next outing, as Coors Field isn't really kind to any pitcher, especially struggling lefties.
Morgan and Brett Oberholtzer are the likely options to start for the Phillies on Thursday in place of Aaron Nola, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Nola is having his last start before the All-Star break skipped. Manager Pete Mackanin said the Phillies will make a decision by Wednesday regarding who will start Thursday against the Rockies.
Morgan will be available out of the bullpen beginning Sunday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. The writing for this move was on the wall, as manager Pete Mackanin didn't hide his displeasure with Morgan's performance Wednesday. With Vince Velasquez (biceps) set to return Monday, Morgan will indeed move into a relief role and it sounds like he could end up sticking in the bullpen long term. The results for Morgan as a starter in the majors and at the Triple-A level have left a lot to be desired.
Manager Pete Mackanin said he was not happy with Morgan's performance Wednesday against the Twins, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Morgan allowed five runs, four earned, on 11 hits over five innings Wednesday. His ERA now sits at an unsightly 6.55 after 11 starts. It is looking like Morgan will lose his rotation spot to Vince Velasquez as soon as the young righty is ready to come off the disabled list. That could happen as soon as Monday.