Astros sign RHP Morton to 2-year contract

HOUSTON - The Houston Astros have signed veteran right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton to a two-year contract reportedly worth $14 million.

Morton was introduced at a press conference at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday.

“When he’s healthy, he does a good as anybody in the league on getting the ball on the ground,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “I’m excited about that part and having a little different look to our rotation.”

Morton spent last year with the Phillies but only started 4 games before having season-ending surgery to replace a torn hamstring.

“Some of the injuries in his career are really the only thing holding him back from logging the kind of quality innings that he can do,” Hinch said. “We’re going to get him right and get him in there.”

Morton has spent all nine years of his career pitching in the National League, where he has posted a 4.54 ERA in 162 games (161 starts) with Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

His best season came in 2011 when he won 10 games with an ERA of 3.83 over 29 starts.

Prior to his injury in 2016, Morton struck out 19 batters in his 17.1 innings and posted two quality starts.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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