Jeff Passan has broken the news that Charlie Morton has broken his fibula:
Charlie Morton had started Game 1 of the World Series against his former team, where he won a world series with the Houston Astros.
Morton took a hard-hit ball off his ankle in the second inning. Yuli Gurriel hit a 102-mph liner that went straight to the ankle of Morton. First baseman Freddie Freeman recovered and got the out. Morton finished the inning but indicated pain after striking out Jose Altuve to begin the third frame. He visited with trainers and walked off the field with an evident limp as the swelling grew intolerable.
Heres a look at the comebacker:
At first, it does not look like anything is wrong as he runs to first, but Freeman got the out. At the time that Morton left the game, the Braves had a commanding 5-0 lead in the third inning.
Goes to show the toughness of Morton to try to continue to pitch. A tough loss for the Atlanta Braves as Morton has been the most consistent starter for this team in the playoffs.
Morton is ruled out for the rest of the Series. This will be a very tough decision for the Braves manager Brian Snitker as he will have to make the decision on who gets the ball in Game 6, should the World Series go that long. Losing your most consistent pitcher in the World Series is never a good sign. Though the Braves did opt to include right-hander Kyle Wright, a 26-year-old who made 24 starts this season at Triple-A, on the World Series roster which was submitted Tuesday morning in the interest of having extra length, after leaving Wright off the roster for the first two rounds of the postseason.
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