Atlanta Braves Starter Charlie Morton Exits Game with Finger Sprain
Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton was forced to leave his start against the Washington Nationals on Friday due to a right index finger sprain. Manager Brian Snitker provided an update on Morton’s condition, and here’s what you need to know:
Morton’s Early Exit
Morton was removed from the game after the first inning of Atlanta’s 9-6 victory. He threw 24 pitches, walking two batters and striking out one before exiting the game. The Braves managed to secure the win despite Morton’s early departure.
X-rays conducted on Morton’s finger came back negative, indicating no fractures or broken bones. However, an MRI will be performed on Saturday to rule out any potential soft-tissue damage. Morton expressed hope that he would be ready to return to the mound in four or five days, but he remains uncertain about his timeline for recovery.
Morton’s Performance this Season
The 39-year-old right-hander has been a key contributor to the Braves’ success this season. In 30 starts, Morton has compiled a 14-12 record with a 3.64 ERA. His consistent performances have played a significant role in helping the Braves secure their MLB-best record of 99-55. The team recently clinched their sixth consecutive NL East title, further solidifying their position as one of the top contenders in the league.
Impact on the Braves
If Morton is unable to make his final regular-season start, the Braves will likely turn to one of their other fifth starters. Throughout the season, rookies Jared Shuster, Allan Winans, and AJ Smith-Shawver have been part of the rotating cast of fifth starters for the team. In the event that Morton needs to be placed on the 15-day injured list, he could still potentially return for the division series and start in Game 3 as originally projected.
Charlie Morton’s early exit from the game due to a finger sprain is a cause for concern for the Atlanta Braves. As they approach the postseason, the team will closely monitor Morton’s progress and hope for a speedy recovery. With their MLB-best record and recent division title, the Braves are eager to have Morton back on the mound to bolster their chances of a deep playoff run.
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