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Morton spent the first nine seasons of his career in the NL, but he got used to life with the designated hitter while playing for the Astros and Rays over the past four seasons. His first career hit was tallied during his first stint with the Braves. It was a double against D-backs right-hander Yusmeiro Petit on Aug. 7, 2008.

Morton will have an extra day of rest when he makes his season debut on Saturday 안전공원 in Philadelphia. He didn’t allow an earned run in any of his three Grapefruit League appearances (10 1/3 innings) this year.

“The ball, to me, is jumping out of his hands,” Snitker said. “I know he kind of feels he needs some fine tuning. But I think he feels good with his arm, body and the whole thing. So, I feel really, really good about it.”