Bad news for Phillies' prospect Adam Morgan

Bad news for Phillies' prospect Adam Morgan

June 1, 2013, 12:30 am
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As if another loss by Cole Hamels wasn’t enough for the Phillies to digest Friday night, the team got some bad news on minor-league pitching prospect Adam Morgan.

The team announced that an MRI on the left-hander’s shoulder revealed a small tear in the rotator cuff. Morgan will not have surgery. Instead, he will remain shut down and have either a platelet rich plasma injection or a cortisone injection in the next week. The Phillies hope this course of action can fix Morgan’s problem.

Morgan, a 2011 draft pick out of the University of Alabama, was 1-4 with a 4.97 ERA in eight starts at Triple A. He began the season with three strong starts, but struggled in his next five and has not pitched since May 15.

Though Jesse Biddle has gotten much of the hype – including a No. 1 ranking on the Phillies’ prospect list by Baseball America – Morgan is widely considered the organization’s most advanced pitching prospect by team insiders. His pitching savvy and competitiveness have reminded some of Cliff Lee at a similar stage of development.

Morgan’s injury is a significant blow to the Phillies’ pitching depth as he could have pitched himself into the picture in Philadelphia this season. Tyler Cloyd and Jonathan Pettibone, who both started the season at Triple A, are already in the Phillies’ big-league rotation. The Phils are hopeful that John Lannan will be ready to come off the DL in mid-June. Carlos Zambrano, working himself into pitching shape in the minors, could also be ready for a big-league look later this month.