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Atlanta Braves' Charlie Morton fractures fibula in Game 1 of World Series against Houston Astros

HOUSTON -- Charlie Morton's season ended in the third inning of the 2021 World Series.

X-rays revealed that Morton, the Atlanta Braves' veteran starting pitcher, suffered a fractured right fibula early in Game 1 on Tuesday night, seemingly after getting hit by a 102.4 mph comebacker off the bat of Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel to begin the bottom of the second.

Morton, 37, retired the next two batters, then came back to strike out Jose Altuve to begin the bottom of the third before exiting. Morton noticeably grimaced while delivering the last pitch to Altuve -- a sweeping curveball dotted at the bottom of the strike zone -- and promptly hobbled out of the game after getting checked on by an athletic trainer.