Atlanta Braves pitcher Tucker Davidson was at a Georgia hotel watching the squad in the World Series opener on Tuesday night when he saw Charlie Morton come out with a broken fibula.
Davidson, a 25-year-old left-handed pitcher who only played five games in his short major league career, was chatting with Triple-A strength coach Paul Howey and pitching coordinator Paul Davis when they all saw Morton’s injury. Davidson said on Wednesday he felt his time was coming.
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“We were sort of sitting there, and Charlie came down, and we kind of looked around, like, that’s why we’re here. I stood there, and sort of got the idea that it might be me. had that instinctive feeling, ”he said.
He would get a call from the Braves front office around 1 a.m. telling him to pack his bags for Minute Maid Park in Houston and prepare to be on deck to play against the Astros.
“I found out, I went to the clubhouse about five minutes from the hotel and packed my things and kind of threw everything in the bag. Then I unloaded my car again, because all my things from my apartment are in my car. So I kind of threw everything on the hotel floor and started packing things up, ”Davidson said.
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Davidson was not part of the Braves’ Game 2 loss to the Astros on Wednesday, but is ready to pitch for them if they need him.
The young pitcher made an appearance in 2020 with the Braves. He didn’t have a chance to cast the miners that year as the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. He played four games for the Braves in 2020, registering a 3.60 ERA and striking 18 out. He was injured during the year but came back and threw in the triple A on October 3.
“It definitely taught me to grow as a person and to be able to understand that things don’t go as fast as you want them to. There were a lot of times I got hurt right where I was like I just wanted to pick up a throwing ball, but my body wasn’t ready for it. So I had to really slow down, and I think that’s going to continue to help me over the course of my career, ”Davidson said.
Davidson could be in line to start one of the Braves games.
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Game three is scheduled for Friday night at Truist Park in Atlanta. Ian Anderson is expected to start for the Braves.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.