In an ideal world for these Phillies, every fifth day in September would be dedicated to the education of Adam Morgan. This team is in search of fortification for its starting rotation in 2014. The lefthanded pitching prospect looked impressive last spring and earned an aggressive promotion to triple-A Lehigh Valley in April.
But Morgan's season was derailed by lingering shoulder problems, and the team feared rotator-cuff surgery was possible. No surgery is required, however, after an MRI exam last week did not reveal changes in Morgan's shoulder.
"That's good news," assistant general manager Benny Looper said.
Morgan, 23, was prescribed rest. He missed two months of action during the season, but Looper said the shutdown would last longer this time. He expects Morgan to begin a throwing program sometime in December, giving the pitcher's arm at least three months of inactivity.