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Charlie Morton has hip surgery, out 6-8 months

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Justin K. Aller

The Pirates have announced that Charlie Morton had labrum surgery on his hip today in Nashville. He's expected to miss six to eight months.

We already knew Morton was out for the season, so while six to eight months sounds like a lot, it doesn't change his prognosis that much. He could be ready by Opening Day, or possibly he'll need an extra few weeks in April. That isn't such a big deal, although it might slightly increase the Pirates' motivation to acquire starting pitching this winter.

Morton finishes his season with a 3.72 ERA and a 3.78 xFIP in 157 1/3 innings, okay numbers in line with his status as a mid-rotation pitcher. His ground ball rate was down a bit compared to last season, but he made up for that somewhat by striking out more batters. He's signed through 2016, with the Pirates also possessing a reasonable option on him for 2017.