X-rays negative on Morgan's bruised forearm

Left-hander allowed two earned runs over three-plus innings vs. Rockies

August 14th, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- With nobody out and a runner on first base in the fourth inning of the Phillies' 7-6 win over Colorado on Sunday, lined a ball right back at on the mound.
Morgan attempted to shield himself with his glove, but the 86-mph line drive got him on his left forearm. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and the Phillies' infield huddled on the mound around Morgan, who was crouched over in pain.
A few hours later in the clubhouse, though, Morgan said he was feeling fine. And he was especially happy to hear X-rays came back negative on the left forearm contusion that forced him from the game.
"It's not as bad as it sounds, I guess," Morgan said. "It's just a bruise. [Once] that bruise goes away, I'm good."
Mackanin didn't commit to Morgan being able to make his next start.
"We're going to take the day off tomorrow, mull it over and see where he's at," Mackanin said "We'll see."
Morgan left the clubhouse with his left arm wrapped in a compression sleeve.
He threw three-plus innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs and a walk without registering a strikeout. Although it got cut short, Morgan felt he saw the results of what he worked on his five starts back with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
"The two-seam, I've been working on and had a good feel for it," Morgan said. "I was just up today; the two-seam, and confidence in the slider and changeup. Really just a simple game plan: get ahead, strike one. It wasn't apparent today, but it'll get better."
The southpaw was replaced by . Morgan threw three-plus innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs and a walk without registering a strikeout.
Morgan's exit could be yet another blow to an already depleted Phillies rotation. Morgan was already filling in for , who is on the 15-day DL and could be done for the year with injuries to his knees and right foot. 's start was pushed back to Saturday, as he deals with a sore back, and hasn't pitched since April 23 and will miss the remainder of the season.
Mackanin was more concerned with the present state of his bullpen, though, rather than the potential future issues on the starting staff.
"I looked back at my chart, and we've been five innings, four innings, five innings, three innings with our starters," Mackanin said. "That really taxes the bullpen. Today was kind of hairy for us, because we didn't want to get in a situation late in the game where it was a tie game and I didn't have any pitchers left. So I had to go the extra mile with some of those guys. They did a real good job. ... We don't want that to happen. Every team has injuries, but we don't want that to happen now, especially starting pitching."