Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton leaves game and also World Series


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Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton leaves game and also World Series

HOUSTON – Atlanta Braves right-hander Charlie Morton dropped out of Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros in the third inning with a fractured right fibula.

After undergoing X-rays, the team later reported that the pitcher suffered a fractured right fibula, that he will not pitch again in the World Series and that he is expected to be ready to pitch again in spring training.

“Morton underwent X-rays tonight that revealed a fractured right fibula. He will miss the remainder of the World Series and is expected to be ready for spring training in 2022,” the team said in a statement.

Morton, who did not allow a run, was hit in the ankle by a ground run by first baseman Yuli Gurriel beginning the close of the second inning. The right-hander stayed in the game, but had to quit in the third inning due to pain and swelling.

The Braves beat the Astros’ Dominican starter Framber Valdez with eight hits and five runs in two innings, forcing manager Dusty Baker to replace him with no out in the third. Cuban Jorge Soler became the first player in history to open the World Series with a home run and Adam Duvall added a two-run homer in the third.

Valdez threw 52 pitches in two full innings. Morton used 44 pitches in 2.1 innings. This is the third time that the first game of a World Series, the starting pitchers did not complete three innings. It also happened in 1966 and 1923.


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