No marked improvement for Morton after rehab start

No marked improvement for Morton after rehab start

PITTSBURGH -- Charlie Morton threw four innings in a rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Thursday, but manager Clint Hurdle noted that the right-handed sinkerballer "didn't feel significantly better" than he did in his previous start.

Morton has been on the disabled list since Aug. 17 with a sports hernia in his right hip, an injury that has bothered him since a start against the Padres on June 2. The hernia affected him between starts as well as on the mound, and after conferring with doctors, the plan was to give him a few days off to calm inflammation in the hip.

Morton's start on Thursday was his first in 13 days, and he threw four innings (73 pitches), giving up two runs on four hits, with half of the 12 outs he got coming via strikeout.

Hurdle had yet to speak directly with Morton but spoke of the reports he received.

"He executed pitches. I liked the number of strikes he was able to throw, he pitched out of the windup and the stretch," Hurdle said. "He didn't feel significantly better than the last time he took the ball, so we're going to take his feedback and decide what step is next."

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.