Charlie Morton: Braves pitcher fractures bone in his leg, leaves World Series game in third inning

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Morton left the game in the bottom of the third inning after throwing 44 pitches in Houston. The Braves were leading 5-0 when Morton struck out Astros leadoff hitter Jose Altuve with a curve. On his delivery, Morton almost went to the ground and came up with a limp.

Despite the setback, the Braves went on to win the game 6-2. AJ Minter, who replaced Morton, held the Astros to three hits and one run over 2 and 2/3 innings in a strong bullpen performance.

As for Morton, the Braves said he underwent X-rays that revealed a right fibula fracture. “He will miss the remainder of the World Series and is expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2022,” the team tweeted.
World Series game 1: Braves vs Astros
According to, the damage was done in the second inning when Morton was hit in the outside right calf by a 102.4 mph batted ball from Yuli Gurriel.

The fibula is a bone in the lower leg on the outside of the tibia.

“The fibula is much smaller and thinner than the tibia. It is located just behind the tibial head at the knee joint and then runs down the lateral aspect of the leg until it reaches the ankle joint,” the National Institutes of Health says.

Earlier, history was made as Atlanta outfielder Jorge Soler became the first player to hit a home run in the first plate appearance. Soler was the designated hitter and he crushed the third pitch from Houston starter Framber Valdez.


Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday in Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

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