Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story left Colorado’s road game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night after jamming his right thumb in the sixth inning on a headfirst slide into second base.
Trevor Story was attempting to stretch a single into double during the Colorado Rockies‘ 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks when the injury occurred. Following the game, he was unsure if the injury happened when his thumb hit the bag or on the tag from Arizona’s Nick Ahmed.
Initial X-rays were negative on the thumb but an MRI was scheduled for Thursday morning. We will post an update at the bottom of this article when we hear those results.
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Story having a thumb injury brings back painful memories for Rockies fans. During his breakout rookie season, Story hurt his left thumb and was lost for the season after an MRI showed torn ligaments.
During that 2016 injury, X-rays were negative as well so Story and the Rockies are anxiously awaiting the results of today’s MRI.
"“It’s too early to tell,” Story told reporters, including Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post who reported on the injury in this article. “It just feels like I jammed my thumb a good bit. It’s tough to put words on it right now, or talk about what could be, but we will definitely know more tomorrow. As of right now, it’s jammed and that’s how we’re treating it.”"
Story is slashing .294/.360/.907 and has 17 home runs and 48 RBI. Over his last seven games, he’s hitting .375 as he tries to break into the top three in the National League All-Star Game voting for shortstops. He currently sits in fourth place.
The 26-year-old Story was replaced by Pat Valaika after his injury. Should he miss time, Valaika would likely fill in at shortstop. The Rockies could also call up top prospect Brendan Rodgers, who was just sent back to Triple-A last week after his first Major League stint.
Colorado and Arizona play at 1:40 p.m. (Mountain time) on Thursday so there should be some news and updates upcoming soon. We will keep this article updated with the latest information below.
UPDATE (10:54 AM M.T.) : Trevor Story is NOT in the starting lineup. Pat Valaika is starting at shortstop and batting eighth, per MLB.com.
2nd Update (11:22 AM M.T.) : Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post is reporting on Twitter that Brendan Rodgers is at Chase Field. Since he is technically with Triple-A Albuquerque, it may be a sign that Story (or maybe somebody else) could be sent to the IL or optioned.
3rd update: (12:08 PM M.T.) AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain’s Jenny Cavnar was the first to report on Twitter a few minutes ago that Story will go to the 10-day injured list. Rodgers will be recalled in a corresponding move. The Rockies just announced the move on Twitter too.
4th update (1:20 PM M.T) : Rockies manager Bud Black recently spoke to the media about the injury. We have some of what he said in this article.