WASHINGTON (AP) Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Charlie Morton is out for the season because of a torn left hamstring.
Morton is scheduled for surgery on the hamstring next Monday, and recovery time is expected to be six-to-eight months.
''I feel bad for Charlie. Great guy. I feel bad for him and for us,'' Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said before Wednesday night's game against Washington. ''He was starting to throw really well. It's a shame.''
Morton was injured while running out of the batter's box on a sacrifice attempt during at Milwaukee on Saturday and went on the 15-day disabled list a day later.
''It was just one of those freak accidents,'' Mackanin said.
Morton, a 32-year-old right-hander, is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts this season.
Philadelphia has not announced a starter to take his spot in the rotation against Cleveland on Friday.