What Injury Did Charlie Morton Suffer and When Will He Return for Atlanta Braves?

Published 10/27/2021, 1:55 PM EDT
Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) comes off the field after sustaining an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the third inning in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports


Atlanta Braves’ Charlie Morton proved his unstoppable form in game one of the World Series. Sadly, a fractured right fibula has forced his exit from the World Series.

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The World Series kick-started on Tuesday night, as Atlanta Braves clashed with Houston Astros. Even after their star pitcher left the mound, the Braves clinched the game by a 6-2 victory.

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Charlie Morton injury update

The World Series game one witnessed the incredible heroics of Charlie Morton. The former Astros pitcher, Morton fractured his right fibula in the second innings, as Yuli Gurriel’s 102.4 mph ball struck his shin. Despite being injured, Morton did not abandon his team by leaving the mound.

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, he retired two batters before going to the dugout for a break. He again returned to the pitch to deliver more for his team. Despite his broken leg, Charlie threw sixteen pitches. Even though he knew his leg was hurting, Morton was determined to clinch the victory for his team.

Remarkably, his last two pitches on the field came in the bottom of third innings at 96-mph and 80-mph. And, with his 80-mph curveball, he striked out Houston Astros’ star Jose Altuve. Before leaving the mound, Morton had knocked down three Astros players.

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) leaves the game against the Houston Astros during the third inning during game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Later on, Charlie underwent X-ray, and his right fibula fracture was declared fractured. Sadly, it will take him time to recover and he will miss the entire World Series. Morton is expected to be back on the mound for Spring Training in 2022.

Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros Game One Recap

Featuring in their first World Series since 1999, Atlanta Braves had an incredible start. Braves dominated the Astros clinching the game by 6-2. Notably, when Morton left the game, the Astros had already established a 5-0 lead.

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Oct 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) pitches to Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) during the first inning during game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Braves outfielder Jorge Soler clinched a historical moment in game one. Soler became the first outfielder to hit a home run in the first plate appearance.

The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros will now clash in game two of the World Series. Do you think Charlie Morton not being on the mound will affect the Braves’ performance?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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