Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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The Pittsburgh Pirates' loss of pitcher Charlie Morton to Tommy John surgery will have major implications for the team and the player, now and into the future. Morton had the surgery Thursday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., an injury that surprised all concerned. Morton had been shut down after a May 29 start, at which time he acknowledged feeling off-and-on discomfort in the elbow for about three weeks. He was throwing off flat ground as recently as Sunday until asking to be examined. "It's been a chronic thing," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Picture a rope that over time, a little piece of string breaks, and another little piece of string breaks. We got to a point where it was no longer functional." From the moment the Morton news broke on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's website Thursday, the reaction on the Internet and on talk shows was about the effect on the rotation. The team already had shown kink...
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