Charlie Morton Injury: Updates on Phillies SP's Hamstring and Recovery

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Philadelphia Phillies' Charlie Morton, center, is helped off the field after injuring his leg during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
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Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Charlie Morton will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a hamstring injury on April 23.   

Continue for updates.

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. 

MLB.com provided video of Morton's injury, which occurred after he laid down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers:

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. 

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