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Two weeks ago we thought Charlie Morton was going on the 15 day DL because his elbow was a little sore after five of his last six starts had been pretty crappy. Welp, it looks like the Pirates chose the wrong list to put him on because word is he needs Tommy John surgery. See ya next year, Chuck.
Understand that I’m not confirming this, but I’m hearing there will be a Tommy John announcement for C. Morton today. Just what I’m hearing.
— Chris Mueller (@937LateShift) June 14, 2012
The rumor kind of came out of nowhere, which is never a good thing, and when Chuck hadn’t been reported to have been throwing the last few days and Neal Huntington declined to comment on the matter it makes it even worse. The Buccos will probably have a presser or release something today telling us all what we don’t want to hear.
Maybe it’s true. Maybe it’s not. But one thing’s for sure, Chucky Mo has not been the same guy on the mound as he was last year. He did have hip surgery in the offseason and missed the opening part of the season rehabbing but even after he returned, he didn’t look like the guy that had improved so much in 2011. Maybe it was his elbow all along.
The worst part about this is how terrible Kevin Correia and Brad Lincoln have been as fill-in starters lately. Jeff Karstens still isn’t back from his trip to the DL so with two of last year’s anchors being replaced by two guys who aren’t cutting it, this could be big time bad news for the Bucs. Rudy Owens and Jeff Locke are ripping it up down at AAA Indianapolis so if Chuck is done for the year, maybe one of the Indy boys will get a call.
If Chuck does need surgery, he won’t be back on a mound for almost a year and he won’t be back in the Majors until midsummer next year…if he’s lucky and everything goes well. Even if he does come back with the Bucs (he’s a free agent this winter) next season, he’ll likely be on an innings count for 2013 and that means he won’t be ready for a full season of starting until 2014 when he’s 30.
Hey, Josh Johnson and Stephen Strasburg have come back from Tommy John pretty well. That’s all we have to hope for at this point if Mueller’s source is right.
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