Morton allowed three runs on six hits and no walks while striking out four over 4.1 innings in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. He didn't factor into the decision.
The Rays' offense provided Morton with a narrow lead in the fourth inning, but the advantage quickly slipped away in the top of the fifth inning, forcing him to settle for a no-decision. On a more encouraging note, the right-hander threw 77 pitches (55 strikes) as he continues to steadily build back up to full strength following his month-long absence. Barring any setbacks, the right-hander should be able to handle a full workload by the time the postseason begins in two weeks. Morton's next start should come on the road Saturday against Baltimore.
Morton (1-2) took the loss Monday, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk over five innings in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals. He struck out three.
The right-hander threw 57 pitches (45 strikes) before exiting, as he continues to build his stamina back up after his month-long absence from the rotation. Morton now has a 4.94 ERA and 24:7 K:BB through 23.2 innings this season, but he should at least be close to fully stretched out for his next start Sunday, at home against the Red Sox.
Morton allowed no hits and two walks while striking out four across two innings Wednesday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision.
Morton threw 36 pitches in his first game action since Aug. 9. He showed some rust as only 20 of his 36 pitches found the zone, but was still effective overall. Perhaps most importantly, he was regularly hitting 95 mph with his fastball at the beginning of his outing, with his velocity fading a bit as his pitch count rose. Morton will likely remain on a limited pitch count in his next outing, currently projected for Tuesday at the Nationals.
The Rays activated Morton (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Morton will return to the rotation for the first time since Aug. 9 after missing time due to right shoulder inflammation. The Rays haven't specified where exactly Morton stands in his buildup program, so he could face a more limited pitch count than normal in his first start in three and a half weeks.
Morton (shoulder) will return from the injured list to start Wednesday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Morton has been out since early August with shoulder inflammation. He owns a poor 5.40 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP through four starts this season, though nearly all the damage was done in his poor season debut against the Blue Jays, who scored six runs off him in just four innings. It's not clear what sort of workload he'll be able to handle immediately upon his return, though he'll likely be on some sort of pitch count.
Manager Kevin Cash said Morton (shoulder) will likely return from the 10-day injured list to start either Tuesday or Wednesday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Morton's shoulder responded well to his latest bullpen session Saturday, leaving Cash optimistic that the right-hander will be ready to rejoin the rotation this week. Before he was shut down with the shoulder injury, Morton recorded a 5.40 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 17:4 K:BB In 16.2 innings over his four starts.
Morton (shoulder) will throw one more bullpen session before the Rays consider reinserting him into the rotation, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The veteran right-hander completed a simulated game Thursday and threw 25-to-30 pitches, but the team wants at least one more session on the mound before making a decision. If all goes well in the next bullpen session, Morton could rejoin the starting rotation sometime next week, though he's unlikely to be built up to a full workload by that point.
Morton's (shoulder) sim game Thursday went well, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Morton was scheduled to throw 25-to-30 pitches over two innings Thursday, and that session went well. Manager Kevin Cash called the sim game a "big step in the right direction." Despite his positive progress Thursday, it still remains unclear when the right-hander could return to the starting rotation.
Morton (shoulder) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Morton had a successful bullpen session Monday, and he's set to throw 25-to-30 pitches over two innings during a sim game Thursday. A timeline for the right-hander's return to the Rays' rotation still hasn't been established, but he's been making positive strides in his recovery so far.
Morton (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday that went well, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Morton has progressed smoothly in his recovery from right shoulder inflammation, and he cleared another hurdle with a successful 25-pitch bullpen. The team still hasn't decided whether his next throwing session will be another bullpen or live batting practice. It's unclear when the right-hander will be ready for game action.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Morton (shoulder) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
A successful bullpen session would mark another key checkpoint in the recovery process for Morton, who resumed throwing long toss over the weekend. Unless the Rays elect to accelerate Morton's return to the active roster, he likely won't be reinstated from the injured list this week and will instead face hitters in live batting practice or a simulated game if Tuesday's side session goes according to plan. Morton has been sidelined since Aug. 9 with right shoulder inflammation.
Morton (shoulder) was scheduled for a long-toss session Sunday, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
Morton has been making steady, setback-free progress via bullpen sessions over the last several days, and there had even been talk at one point he could be activated to start a game during the ongoing weekend series against the Blue Jays. That possibility was eventually ruled out, but Morton could be close to a return if he continues to build his arm strength up without any issues. The veteran right-hander noted it's a bit of a tightrope walk at the moment, considering that it's necessary at times to up the intensity of the throwing sessions to get an accurate assessment of progress while acknowledging such a strategy also comes with an element of risk.
Morton (shoulder) is not expected to come off the injured list and make a start in the weekend series against the Blue Jays, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
There had been some optimism Morton would be able to show enough progress to come off the injured list when first scheduled Saturday, but manager Kevin Cash nixed that possibility Thursday. The Rays continue to be short-handed after Yonny Chirinos (elbow) suffered a season-ending injury earlier this week, but Morton will not be rushed back regardless. The veteran was slated for a bullpen session Friday, which could provide further insight as to whether an early-week activation might be in the cards.
Morton (shoulder) played catch Wednesday as scheduled and is slated to throw another bullpen session Thursday or Friday, the Associated Press reports.
The right-hander seems to be progressing steadily in his recovery, and it's a good sign he was able to play catch Wednesday after engaging in what was described as a "pretty intense" bullpen session Tuesday. The chances of Morton being activated when first eligible Saturday should become clearer after the upcoming throwing session.
Morton (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday described by manager Kevin Cash as "pretty intense", the Associated Press reports.
The right-hander is also slated to play catch Wednesday, continuing his steady progression toward a return. Morton has been able to get through multiple catch and bullpen sessions consistently over the last several days without setbacks, so he appears to be trending toward possible activation in the coming days.
Morton (shoulder) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday and felt good afterwards, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Morton continues to take small steps forward in terms of his progression after being diagnosed with shoulder inflammation last weekend. The veteran right-hander is expected to play catch Sunday and Monday before another bullpen session Tuesday. As long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks in the process, Morton could be activated as early as Thursday, though a return to the rotation over the weekend in for the Rays' home series versus Toronto is more likely.
Morton (shoulder) felt good during a throwing session Friday and could throw a bullpen Saturday or Sunday at the team's alternate training site in Port Charlotte, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The right-hander was placed on the injured list with shoulder inflammation Monday, but he appears to be making steady progress. Morton was already throwing from 120 feet by Thursday, and manager Kevin Cash mentioned Friday that Morton gave him the "thumbs up" with regards to his latest session. The 30-year-old could potentially be activated when first eligible Thursday if he continues trending in the right direction.
Manager Kevin Cash said Morton (shoulder) threw from 120 feet Thursday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Morton felt good during Thursday's throwing session and is expected to throw from 120 feet again Friday. The right-hander is eligible to return from the injured list next week, though the Rays have yet to indicate whether he'll be ready to return following a minimum stay on the shelf.
The Rays placed Morton (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list Monday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Though Morton suggested after exiting his start Sunday against the Yankees that his inflamed right shoulder wasn't much of a concern, the Rays evidently felt the 36-year-old could benefit from at least a week and a half of rest. A clearer target date for Morton's return should emerge once he's allowed to resume throwing, but until then, the Rays will need to add a new member to their rotation. Trevor Richards covered four innings in long relief after Morton's early departure and seemingly represents the most logical option to take the bump when the Rays require a new fifth starter Saturday against the Blue Jays in Buffalo.
Morton said he's "not worried about missing much time" after exiting Sunday's start with right shoulder inflammation, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The veteran right-hander labored through two innings versus the Yankees, and he was removed after allowing one run on three hits with two walks and one strikeout. Morton's progression over the next few days figures to determine his availability for his next turn through the rotation, which currently lines up for Saturday against the Blue jays. Trevor Richards, who entered in long relief Sunday, is a likely candidate to enter the rotation should Morton miss any time.
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