After exiting with “general tightness around the elbow” in the second game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon, Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story was described as “truly day to day” by Rockies manager Bud Black.
Will Colorado Rockies SS Trevor Story play Saturday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates?
We are still waiting for the Saturday Game 1 lineup to be released (first pitch is slated for 10:05 a.m. Mountain time) and we will update this article as soon as it becomes available.
UPDATE: Story is not in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the series. See the Colorado starting lineup here. Brendan Rodgers is starting at shortstop in the first game of the doubleheader.
The opener of the series between the Rockies and the Pirates was postponed on Friday night because of inclement weather in the Pittsburgh area. However, Black told reporters, including Rox Pile, that Story would not have been in the lineup on Friday night.
When asked about Story’s availability for the rest of the weekend series, Black said, “I hope so. Crossing my fingers, but don’t know.”
Black also added that the Rockies, “might err on the cautious side and wait” to put Story back in the lineup unless Story reported to Black and medical personnel that he had greatly improved.
Story was lifted in the fourth inning of Thursday’s game against the Mets after making a throw to first base.
One of Colorado’s biggest weapons at the plate and in the field since his MLB debut in 2016, Story enters action in Pittsburgh with a .255/.322/.424 slash line and 96 OPS+ in 205 plate appearances spanning 50 games. The two-time All-Star shortstop has only not seen in the field in one games this season for Colorado, which enters Saturday with a 19-32 mark and sits one game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are at the bottom of the National League West standings.
A big part of Colorado’s struggles this season have come away from Coors Field, where the Rockies have a 3-20 mark entering play in Pittsburgh. Story is struggling away from Denver as well, posting a .213/.308/.363 slash line with just six RBI. Colorado, however, has scored just 59 runs in those 23 road games.
We will update this story below when lineups and/or more information from the Rockies becomes available.
UPDATE: As stated above, Story is not in the starting lineup for Game 1. His availability for pinch-hitting is unknown as Black did not meet with the media before the opener in Pittsburgh.
2ND UPDATE: Story has been placed on the 10-day IL with right arm inflammation.