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MLB roundup: Pirates RHP Morton rejoins rotation

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[September 15, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
 Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton will replace right-hander Vance Worley in the rotation and start Tuesday night against the visiting Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series.

Morton has been sidelined by right hip inflammation since Aug. 16 and is expected to have surgery to repair a sports hernia at the end of the season.

Morton has started all 25 games in which he has pitched this season. He's 5-12 with a 3.84 ERA.

Worley moves into the bullpen.

"We followed up on how he's feeling (following Friday's throwing) -- and we're giving him the ball," manager Clint Hurdle said of Morton. "Vance could either piggyback Charlie's start, or play a role out of the bullpen."

---Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu did not accompany the Los Angeles Dodgers on their flight to Denver on Sunday night. Instead, he returned to Los Angeles, where he will have an MRI on his injured left shoulder Monday.

---Seattle Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley (ankle) was not in the lineup. He has missed six of the past seven games due to bone spurs in his left ankle.

---Oakland A's catcher Geovany Soto (back spasms) was not in the lineup for a second consecutive day, but all indications are that he will be back after the off day Monday.

---Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis missed a sixth consecutive game because of strep throat.

---Texas Rangers outfielder Michael Choice left the game after pulling up with a strained left hamstring while running out a two-run double in the fifth. An MRI is scheduled for Monday.

---Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, who missed his previous start with a sore shoulder, threw 20 pitches off the mound Sunday with no pain. He could return to the rotation Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.

---In 10 minor league games to begin his U.S. pro career, outfielder Rusney Castillo, a Cuban defector signed by the Red Sox last month to a seven-year big league contract, is hitting .297 with four doubles and three walks. He will join the Red Sox in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

---Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said first baseman Joey Votto took underhanded pitches during a batting session as he continues to work his way back from a left quad injury that has sidelined him since early July.

---Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez was out of the starting lineup with a sore hamstring. Manager Ron Roenicke said he is hopeful that sitting out Sunday, along with the team's scheduled off-day Monday, would put Ramirez in a good spot for the stretch run.

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Ramirez had started 40 straight games before Sunday.

---Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said right-hander Anthony Swarzak will likely make the spot start Monday against the Detroit Tigers that was created when left-hander Tommy Milone (neck soreness) could not pitch.

---Chicago White Sox veteran first baseman Paul Konerko (broken bone, left hand) is targeting his return to action for either the end of the next series at Kansas City, or the start of a series that starts Friday in Tampa Bay.

---The Tampa Bay Rays recalled right-hander Alex Colome, infielder Nick Franklin and left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser from Triple-A Durham after the Bulls lost 4-1 Saturday to Pawtucket in the International League final.

---New York Mets right-hander Vic Black, whose velocity was down several mph during his one inning of work Saturday, was scheduled to see a doctor Sunday. Black was on the disabled list from Aug. 24 through Sept. 8 with a slightly herniated disc in his neck.

---Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that suspended first baseman Chris Davis will be working out in Sarasota and, if allowed, could play in Instructional League action in the coming days.

---New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the situation involving catcher Francisco Cervelli remains day-to-day. The catcher has missed 12 straight games due to cluster/migraine headaches but said he's getting stronger and improving.


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