Here are the latest updates on the injuries affecting Trevor Story and Tony Wolters of the Colorado Rockies.
Story was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with a strained left shoulder. The 24-year-old shortstop suffered the injury in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs on a checked swing.
"“He was sore yesterday,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “From the medical perspective, Doogie (Colorado head trainer Keith Dugger) and our doctors said it might be a couple of days. We just felt, hey, let’s just put him on the DL because they didn’t know the timeline of his return.”"
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After a record-setting rookie season, Story has struggled in 2017, posting a .180 average and striking out 48 times in 111 at-bats. He went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday’s loss, the same game in which he injured the shoulder.
Black said the injury would limit Story’s ability to bat initially while on the disabled list. However, he’ll still be able to run, throw and play catch.
Pat Valaika stepped in for Story on Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Black also mentioned that Alexi Amarista could see some time on shortstop while Story is out. Will free agent acquisition Ian Desmond see any time at shortstop?
"“In the short term, no,” Black said. “Let’s just watch Valaika and Lexi and let’s keep how our team looks right now how it is.”"
Story’s stint on the disabled list is retroactive to Wednesday. If all goes well, he could see action in next weekend’s series in Cincinnati.
Colorado catcher Tony Wolters was seen doing some drills at Coors Field Wednesday afternoon but still hasn’t officially been lifted from the disabled list with a concussion. Black said that when Wolters is ready he’ll be sent to Triple-A to get some playing time.
"“Tony’s doing fine. He’s getting close to going out,” Black said. “Mike (bench coach Mike Redmond) put him through the paces today. He threw to the bases. He ran the bases. He blocked in the bullpen, which he has been doing.“He’s getting really close. He just has to get some clearance from the doctors.”"