Pirates' Morton has hip surgery
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Pitcher Charlie Morton underwent what the Pirates described as "successful" surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, the team announced.
Morton's agent, Andrew Lowenthal, said Morton hopes to be fully recovered in four months. In a news release, the Pirates said typical recovery time for this type of injury is six months.
"We have every indication he'll be ready for the season," Lowenthal said, adding he believed Morton might even be able to participate in some baseball activity sooner than four months.
The injury had bothered Morton late in the 2011 season and he did not disclose his ailment to reporters. Dr. Thomas Byrd the surgery in Nashville. Morton had scheduled a consultation with Byrd before the season ended.
Lowenthal said Morton is recovering in Nashville and is in good spirits.
"He's great," he said. "He sounds great. Very happy with the way things happened".
Morton set career highs in outings and innings pitched this season.
First Published October 11, 2011 3:27 pm