Pirates Shut Down Morris

According to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates are shutting down righthander Bryan Morris for the remainder of the season due to pain in his right biceps just below the shoulder. The injury is not considered serious, as an examination revealed no damage to the labrum or rotator-cuff.

Morris was acquired as part of the Manny Ramirez trade on July 31, when he was one of the four prospects the Pirates netted in return for sending outfielder Jason Bay to the Red Sox. The 21-year-old Morris had been enjoying a breakout season for low Class A Great Lakes in the Dodgers organization, going 2-4, 3.12 in 81 2/3 innings. After the trade, Morris made only three starts for Hickory, the Pirates’ low Class A affiliate, before going down. He pitched five shutout innings in his debut Aug. 5, but struggled in his final two starts. He gave up nine runs–eight earned–in 9 1/3 innings over his last two outings, losing both times. He finishes the year 0-2, 5.02 for Hickory, and 2-6, 3.47 overall between his two stops.