More Pirates: Minor league update
Sanserino adds that the Pirates made room on their roster for Morris by designating right-hander Chris Leroux for assignment.
Morris made his major league debut with the Pirates last season, appearing in five games. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts in five innings of work. The 26-year-old spent a majority of the season with Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate, posting an ERA of 2.67 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.65 over 46 appearances spanning 81 innings.
Over parts of seven seasons in the minors, Morris owns an ERA of 3.68. He appeared in two Triple-A contests this season prior to his call up, as he worked three perfect innings.
Leroux has been used sparsely by the Pirates over the past four seasons. Over parts of five years in the majors, the 28-year-old owns a career ERA of 5.56. He spent most of last year in Triple-A, posting an ERA of 3.11 over 21 appearances -- including seven starts.