The season is over for the post-season master, Atlanta pitcher Charlie Morton.
Morton, who was struck by a comeback in the second innings off Yuli Gurriel’s bat, fractured his right fibula on the game, the team announced Tuesday night. Morton, the team said, hopes to return to spring training in 2022.
Morton, 37, was making his career 16th post-start with more wins in the winner-take-all showdown than any pitcher in major league history. During this Atlanta playoff run, he has been the anchor of the rotation, starting Games 1 and 4 of a Division Series against Milwaukee and Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
And he’s thrown the postseason gems against Houston in the past: a 3-0 record with an ERA of just 0.57. Two of those wins came in 2020, when he was pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Championship Series.
On Tuesday night in Houston, he played two and a third innings, one hit and no run. He walked two and hit three.
Incredibly, Morton received three more outs after sustaining a broken leg: a strike from Chas McCormick and a line by Martin Maldonado to end the second, and Jose Altuve for the first out at the bottom of the third. Strikeout.
With Morton out, the Braves will be allowed to add another pitcher to their roster.