Rockies shortstop Trevor Story announced Tuesday he will undergo surgery on a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and is likely to miss the remainder of his record-setting rookie season.
“I just feel terrible that I won’t be able to play every day,” Story said. “I feel like I mean a lot to the team. To not be out there, that hurts.”
Story said his recovery from the surgery will take approximately eight weeks, which takes him out of action at least through the rest of the regular season.
His surgery is scheduled to happen in the next few days. So if the Rockies can somehow make it to the postseason, Story might be able to contribute.
“I feel bad for Trevor, because he was doing some really special things, historical things,” said manager Walt Weiss. “We’ll be OK as a club. We’ll mix and match and do our thing. I talk all the time to our club about the fact that over the course of seven months, you’re going to be challenged in a variety of ways — sometimes in the form of an injury, and that’s what we’re dealing with now.”
Story injured his thumb on Saturday when he slid into second base, and later landed on his thumb when diving for a ground ball. At first it was believed that his thumb was just jammed, but an MRI on Monday revealed the ligament tear.
Losing a major weapon is always bad, but this timing is obviously particularly rough for the team. They just just allowed the MLB trade deadline to pass without making any moves.
Story has 27 home runs — a National League record for a rookie shortstop and three fewer than the Major League record, set by the Red Sox’s Nomar Garciaparra in 1997.