HOUSTON – Charlie Morton, one of the ultimate playoff pitchers of his generation, suffered a right fibula fracture for the length of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday evening and will miss the remainder of the series.
Morton, 37, used to be struck on his decrease leg by a comebacker off the bat of Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel leading off the bottom of the second inning. He remained in the recreation and retired the final two batters of the second.
Nevertheless after throwing a picturesque curveball to strike out Jose Altuve beginning the bottom of the third, Morton signaled to the dugout that he would possibly maybe perhaps not continue.
He exited with a 5-0 lead.
Morton’s absence will originate a void in Atlanta’s rotation the remainder of the series. The club would possibly maybe perhaps accept slated him to launch Game 4 in Atlanta on three days’ rest, as he did in closing out their Nationwide League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, and completely would accept started a Game 5.
As an quite rather a lot of, the club will likely prefer to stage a bullpen recreation after Game 2 and 3 starters Max Fried and Ian Anderson pitch. That would possibly maybe perhaps recede Fried to attain attend attend on short rest in a Game 5.
Per well-known league principles, the Braves would possibly maybe perhaps simply change Morton on the World Series roster. Reliever Jacob Webb used to be left off the World Series roster after making the NL Championship Series squad, whereas righty reliever Richard Ramirez or starter Touki Touissant – who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 14 – will be alternatives.
Morton won Game 7 of the 2017 World Series in reduction for the Astros, then beat them in the 2019 ALDS and twice in the 2020 ALCS. He and the Braves agreed to a $20 million extension for 2022.
RHP Charlie Morton underwent X-rays tonight that printed a right fibula fracture. He will miss the remainder of the World Series and is predicted to be ready for Spring Working in direction of in 2022.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 27, 2021