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Astros Win Despite Morton's Early Exit With Shoulder Discomfort

Framber Valdez threw six innings out of the bullpen to save the day after Charlie Morton's shoulder injury

September 23, 2018 - 5:01 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton left Sunday's game against the Angels after just 24 pitches and one inning of work with right shoulder discomfort. Charlie was on the Disabled List earlier this season to rest his shoulder, although rosters had not yet expanded so it was the proper roster move. Framber Valdez came on in relief for six innings as the Astros offense helped pave the way for a 6-2 victory, and their 14th sweep of the season to decrease their magic number to four games.

"We could've kept pushing him out there, he was willing to go back out there. I didn't love the velocity early and I didn't want to risk anything given the situation that we're in. I think he'll respond fine," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said.

Hinch only planned for Morton to go three or four innings but since his velocity dipped in that inning he decided to pull the plug. A.J. attributed the move mostly to shoulder fatigue and not injury since it is the furthest Charlie has pitched into a season in his career. Morton left the ballpark during the game and was not available for comment.

Valdez picked up the slack with a stellar performance of six innings allowing just one run on three hits and striking out nine. The last time an Astro went six innings in relief was August 15th of 2006. Framber also earned the win to improve to (4-1) on the season.

The Astros lineup pumped out twelve hits though they stranded the bases loaded twice. Yuli Gurriel homered and went 2-for-5 and went 8-for-14 in the series against the Angels. Evan Gattis went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs batted in for his second consecutive multi-hit, multi-RBI game.