Update: X-rays were negative but Morton will undergo an MRI on Saturday.
Morton's finger ailment isn't a blister. He felt something in his index finger while throwing a curveball. The X-ray was negative. He'll have a MRI tomorrow.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) September 23, 2023
On the day the Braves placed Max Fried on the injured list with a blister, the club saw veteran righty Charlie Morton exit the game after one inning with what is being called right index finger discomfort.
RHP Charlie Morton was removed from tonight’s game with right index finger discomfort.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 22, 2023
Morton threw 24 pitches in the first inning and his pitch velocity was normal, but he lacked command of his fastball. That hasn’t been an uncommon occurrence for Charlie this season, although departing after just an inning is not what Atlanta wanted to see. It’s a bit of a bizarre injury situation, and we will wait to see what Morton and manager Brian Snitker say after the game.
On the season, Morton owns a 3.64 ERA across 163 innings. He seemed like the odds-on favorite to start Game 3 of the NLDS, although this injury and Fried’s blister have at least put those plans on hold temporarily. If Morton doesn’t pitch again next week, he would have until October 11 to make his first playoff start.
Michael Tonkin came in relief of Morton in the second inning with the Braves ahead 3-0.