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Pirates’ Morton Reflects On Tommy John Recovery Process

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BRADENTON, Fla. (93-7 The Fan) – Charlie Morton underwent Tommy John surgery in June and has been working hard to regain his form during his recovery process.

Morton spoke with The Fan Morning Show on Thursday about how the recovery process is going.

“Everything feels good, no pain, ball’s coming out good. I’m throwing in the general area that I want to throw in,” Morton said. “You don’t feel the same feel as you [did], and I’m assuming that’s going to come back, because it has come back and incrementally has improved. But, I’m just not foreseeing it being like all of a sudden I can just throw the ball where I want to and my arm feels exactly like it did before I got hurt.”

Morton explained that he’s past the first part of the recovery process, which had been frustrating because there wasn’t much he could do during that period.

“From the mental standpoint the hard part’s over,” Morton said. “Now, I can see progress.”

All the time off has given Morton time to think about how his arm issues might have developed.

“I can tell you that I had elbow discomfort before and we’re talking three, four years ago. The way it happened, I didn’t have like one pitch that I threw and it blew out, popped and that was it. My arm was in a state of regression, no doubt about it. But it wasn’t one pitch. So I would assume that it had been deteriorating over a period of a few years,” Morton said.

Listen to the full interview here: