Morgan was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Morgan has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his seven starts this year, and he'll attempt to sort things out in the minors for now. The right-hander has posted a 7.47 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 31.1 innings with the major-league club in 2021. The team hasn't yet announced who could take his spot in the rotation, but left-hander Sam Hentges was recalled in a corresponding move.
Morgan allowed three earned runs on three hits while striking out five across five innings in the win over the Astros on Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision. Morgan was perfect through three innings and had allowed only a pair of hits through five frames. Unfortunately, both of those hits were home runs. In addition, he surrendered a leadoff double in the sixth inning before being pulled and the runner came around to score. He tossed five innings for the fifth time in a row, and he has now allowed three runs in three straight starts. However, this was the 25-year-old's best start of his career with just three batters reaching base off him. He still has a bad ERA of 7.47 in 31.1 innings but a decent K/BB of 6.6.
Morgan threw five innings in a 5-4 loss to the Athletics on Friday, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. He didn't factor into the decision. Morgan's problem inning was a two-run third, when he allowed three hits, and the rookie also surrendered a single run in the third on a Mitch Moreland homer. The start was only his third allowing three runs or less in six turns, and the five innings matched a career high, though both benchmarks are a bit uninspiring. He currently lines up to pitch in Houston on Wednesday.
Morgan will no longer start Sunday against the Royals with the game being postponed due to inclement weather, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Morgan was looking to bounce back from taking a loss in his start last weekend, but the right-hander will have to wait until after the All-Star break to get back on the mound. Sunday's game has been rescheduled as part of what is now a doubleheader Sept. 20.
Morgan (1-3) took the loss Saturday, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings as Cleveland was downed 3-2 by the Astros. He struck out three. The rookie right-hander didn't pitch poorly, throwing 52 of 86 pitches for strikes, but solo shots by Carlos Correa and Abraham Toro in the fourth inning -- as well as little run support -- did him in. Morgan will need to find a way to keep the ball in the park if he's going to hang onto a spot in the rotation when bigger names like Shane Bieber (shoulder) and Zach Plesac (thumb) get healthy, as his impressive 22:4 K:BB through his first 21.1 big-league innings is masked by an 8.44 ERA and ghastly 3.38 HR/9.
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