A weird improvement got here from the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, as they introduced infielder Trevor Story had inside brace surgical procedure on his proper elbow and can now be lacking the beginning of the 2023 MLB season.
“Boston Pink Sox infielder Trevor Story yesterday underwent a profitable inside bracing process of the suitable ulnar collateral ligament (elbow),” the group’s assertion learn. “Dr. Keith Meister carried out the surgical procedure at Texas Metroplex Institute in Arlington, Texas.”
Talking with reporters, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom mentioned that Story started experiencing elbow ache shortly earlier than Christmas whereas throwing.
“In conversations with everyone, it was clear surgical procedure was an choice,” Bloom mentioned through MassLive.com.
Bloom added that Story’s elbow wasn’t a problem in the course of the 2022 season, and imaging previous to signing him to a six-year, $140 million, totally assured contract this previous offseason was passable.
Merely put, inside brace surgical procedure is Tommy John surgical procedure with a faster return date normally for these recovering from it. Nonetheless, Story’s scenario is an attention-grabbing one as a result of his throwing arm has been a trigger for concern for fairly a while.
Story had points in the course of the 2021 season with the Colorado Rockies when he was enjoying shortstop — he’s since moved to second base. Scouts had some worries about his throwing to first base from that place, as he averaged 79.1 miles per hour on his throws through Statcast. In 2020, Story averaged 82.3 miles per hour on his throws, so there was a noticeable drop in velocity.
Boston didn’t want him to throw that far, although, with Xander Bogaerts on the place, which shifted Story to second base. Nevertheless, Story averaged 76.1 miles per hour to first bases whereas enjoying second and that ranked 61st among the many 70 certified second basemen that made 100 throws from the place in 2022.
So the Pink Sox discover themselves in a giant predicament: Bogaerts is now on the San Diego Padres, and Story goes to be on the shelf for what seems to be months.
Bloom wouldn’t decide to a timetable for Story.
“I definitely wouldn’t rule out a return someday throughout 2023…it’ll take how lengthy it takes,” he mentioned.
Bloom admitted he must get again to work to determine the center infield. Elvis Andrus, Andrelton Simmons and Josh Harrison are choices there. Christian Arroyo, an inside choice, ought to obtain consideration for second base at the very least as a part of the answer.
Kiké Hernandez can even play second base, but it surely’s probably Boston retains him because the on a regular basis heart fielder.
There’s additionally the commerce market, with the Chicago Cubs’ Nick Madrigal, Cleveland Guardians’ Amed Rosario and others doubtlessly accessible on the proper worth.
Story handled damage in his first season with the Sox. He slashed .238/.303/.434 with 16 homers and 66 RBI over 94 video games on a Sox group that did not make the playoffs, ending final within the division with a 78-84 report.