2015 Phillies Rotation Candidates

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Morgan is on his way back from shoulder surgery, and is a spring wildcard for a rotation slot.

It was a completely lost season for lefty Adam Morgan after shoulder surgery. But by the fall, Morgan was back and tossing in both instructional league and the Arizona Fall League. During spring training back in 2013, Morgan made a big impression on Phillies officials. The team’s 3rd round pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft reached AAA Lehigh Valley that season, where he made 16 starts at age 23. But he had to be shut down early when the shoulder troubles first surfaced, leading to his surgery.

The Phillies have no idea what to expect, as balky, repaired shoulders are some of the trickiest for pitchers to fully recover from. Morgan will turn 25 years old at the end of February, and needs to prove that he is healthy before he can be considered a serious rotation candidate. Still, he has the talent, and as stated previously, he has made a good impression quickly in the past.

Odds are that even if he is healthy, as long as enough of the other options pan out he would start back at AAA to get more work. Staying healthy and productive would put him in line for a 2015 call-up if and when an opening arises.

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