According to reports, Charlie Morton has torn his UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery. He was placed on the 15-day DL on June 1 with “elbow inflammation” and had already thrown a bullpen session, but he felt chronic pain in his elbow, which forced him to visit a specialist who diagnosed him with the ligament tear. Pitchers who have the surgery are typically out for about a full year, so Morton will likely make his return some time in June 2013.
The odds of a successful recovery from Tommy John surgery is 85-92%, and most pitchers come back with increased velocity. The last Pirates pitcher to have the surgery was Donald Veal, who went under the knife in 2010. Ryan Vogelsong was the last Pirates starter to have Tommy John surgery.
Morton, who actually began the year on April 14 due to slow recovery from surgery for a torn labrum, started nine games for the Pirates before being place on the disabled list, going 50 and one third innings with an ERA of 4.65.