Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Charlie Morton will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a hamstring injury on April 23.
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Morton Out for 6-8 Months
Wednesday, April 27
The Phillies announced that Morton's MRI revealed a torn left hamstring that will keep him out for six to eight months.
The loss of Morton is a huge blow to the Phillies, who are rebuilding and have a collection of starting pitchers trying to rebuild their value (Jeremy Hellickson) or establish themselves in the big leagues (Aaron Nola and Vincent Velasquez).
Morton was in the former category, coming off a bad 2015 in which he posted a 4.81 ERA in 23 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He could have been a potential trade chip for the Phillies this summer as a back-end starter who is only making $8 million with a mutual option for 2017.
Even with lowered expectations in Philadelphia as the team starts to build for its future, Morton's injury will alter plans for the Phillies this year.