Colorado Rockies rumors: Trevor Story back sooner than first thought?
By Kevin Henry
After three consecutive walk-off defeats at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend, the Colorado Rockies are in need of some good news. That may have also just happened this weekend at Chavez Ravine.
According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story may be able to return to the Rockies lineup sooner than originally anticipated. After suffering a sprained thumb in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 19, it was thought that Story could possibly miss “multiple weeks.” Now that might not be the case.
Story is eligible to come off the injured list on June 29 and, according to Saunders in this article, that could actually happen. Story tells Saunders in the article that it’s “possible” he could return in time for the third and fourth games of a big four-game series against the Dodgers at Coors Field this weekend. He would then also be available for Colorado’s five additional games before the All-Star break (two at home against Houston and three road games against Arizona).
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The 26-year-old Story tells Saunders that, for him to return, it’s a matter of getting over the deep bone bruise. Saunders reports that Story fielded grounders on Saturday and has been doing cardiovascular work and lifting weights to stay ready for a potential quick return.
Top prospect Brendan Rodgers has filled in for Story at shortstop since the injury occurred and is stuck in an 0-for-10 drought. Pat Valaika has also seen time at shortstop in Story’s absence.
Should Story be able to return on June 29, it would not only help the Colorado lineup but also boost his case to return to the All-Star Game. Story is among the top three vote-getters at shortstop in the National League and is pushing for his second All-Star Game appearance.
Story is slashing .375/.412/.688 over his last seven games and has 17 home runs and 48 RBI this season. Both marks are the third-highest for the Rockies. He also has a team-leading 12 stolen bases.