Morton, 30, was diagnosed with a sports hernia on Monday after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. He said he originally hurt his hip on June 2 and continued to pitch through the pain.
“I want to try to come back and contribute this year,” Morton said Wednesday. “There are ways to mitigate the pain. But it's not really getting any better, and it is affecting the things I do between starts.”
The Tribune-Review reports the typical recovery time for a sports hernia is four to six weeks with physical therapy. Morton will find out if he needs surgery after the season is finished.
Morton has gone 5-12 with a 3.84 ERA and 120 strikeouts for the Pirates this season.
The Pirates are 65-62 and in third place in the N.L. Central. They are 2.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants for the final Wild Card spot.
- Paul Palladino