Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Morton to start spring opener for Pirates

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said right-hander Charlie Morton, who is fighting for the fifth spot in the Pirates rotation, would will be the starting pitcher in the team's Grapefruit League opener Saturday against the Tampa Rays in Port Charlotte.

Morton figured to be battling newcomer Scott Olsen, but the lefty is sidelined with a left hamstring strain and it's not certain when he will pitch. Hurdle said Olsen threw on Wednesday and is making progress.

Brad Lincoln, another righty also in the mix for that fifth starting spot, will follow Morton. Both are slated to throw two innings.

Chris Resop, Daniel Moskos and Daniel McCutchen are scheduled to follow with Justin Thomas and Cesar Valdez available if needed,

Kevin Correia, the former San Diego Padres pitcher, will be the starter in the Pirates' spring home opener Sunday at McKechnie Field.

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