After a frustrating opener to his return from three months out with an oblique injury, Charlie Morton knew he had to make at least one change to his pitching delivery. Then his strained left oblique tightened up again, just as he was setting up to throw his curveball in the fourth inning.
“I was [going] a little too close to the rib cage and not enough across,” he said. “It felt worse when I was pitching.”
With Morton left behind, the Braves survived the injury scare to their starting pitcher and beat the Astros, 1-0, in Game 1 of the spring training.
Atlanta starter Paul Worrell didn’t fare as well in his second start of the spring. Worrell allowed two hits, two walks and three runs in two innings.
Morton, who was initially scheduled to face the Braves in Thursday’s night game, pitched two innings Friday and felt enough pain in his left oblique to ask out.
“It wasn’t the ideal situation,” Morton said. “I was hoping for it not to come back at all. I did throw a couple of good curveballs. I was just hoping I could get through it and come back in and get ready to start.”
Aaron Nola started on Friday for the Phillies, allowing only one hit in two innings. He allowed a walk and no runs while striking out two.
— Derek Rucker, Associated Press
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