Pirates place pitcher Charlie Morton on DL with hip injury

Monday August 18th, 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed pitcher Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list with right hip inflammation, retroactive to Aug. 16, the team announced Sunday.

In a corresponding roster move, the Pirates recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple A Indianapolis.

Gerrit Cole, who hasn't started since July 4, will take Morton's place in the rotation and will start Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

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"Charlie started feeling a level of discomfort a couple of months ago," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "It's been manageable lately, but now it has started to affect his performance -- and that's when you have to take a closer look at it."

Morton is 5-12 with a 3.84 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 25 starts this season. He hasn't won since July 19.

- Scooby Axson

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