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Pirates Starter Charlie Morton will Miss the Rest of the Season

Major League Baseball(BALTIMORE) -- Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Thursday, and will miss the rest of the season.

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida.

The 28-year-old went 2-6 with a 4.65 ERA before heading to the disabled list June 1 complaining of elbow pain.

Pitcher Brad Lincoln, who joined the rotation once Morton went to the DL, is expected to stay in the rotation for now, although he has been roughed up in his past two starts. Right-hander Jeff Karstens, who hasn't pitched for the Pirates since leaving his start April 17 with shoulder inflammation, threw a "light" side session Thursday. He is currently on a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona and could be back with the Pirates as early as the end of the month.

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