On Tuesday evening, the Colorado Rockies announced that rookie shortstop Trevor Story will undergo surgery on a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.
Story injured his thumb in the Rockies’ game with the New York Mets on Saturday while sliding into second base and was initially said to have suffered a jammed thumb. Preliminary tests over the weekend came back negative, but an MRI on Monday revealed a torn ligament. The torn ligament will require surgery to repair, and the typical recovery time for the procedure is six-to-eight weeks.
With some of the game’s top offensive metrics to his name, Story was in serious contention for the Rookie of the Year Award. His season-ending thumb injury hampers that, as Story has logged only 372 at-bats, which will not be enough to contend for the award come season’s end; nevertheless, what Story has accomplished this season is worthy of recognition. Fellow rookie shortstops Cory Seager or Aledmys Diaz will now duke it out over the season’s final two months.
The 23-year-old Story made his major-league debut on Opening Day and earned a place in baseball history when he hit two home runs. With the pair of long balls, Story became the first player in Major League Baseball history to homer twice while debuting on Opening Day. Story went on to homer in his next five games, becoming the first player ever to hit seven home runs through the first six games of a season.
With 27 long balls on the year, Story was on pace to surpass the major-league record for the most home runs hit by a rookie shortstop. The record was set by Nomar Garciaparra, who hammered 30 home runs in 1997 as a rookie with the Boston Red Sox.
To replace Story on the active roster, the Rockies recalled infielder Rafael Ynoa from the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. Ynoa batted .266 in 94 games with the Isotopes prior to his promotion. The Rockies plan to use Ynoa, Cristhian Adames, and Daniel Descalso to fill the void at the shortstop position.
With a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, the Rockies sit three-and-a-half games out of a Wild Card spot. Though their lineup still features potent hitters such as Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez, the loss of Story will certainly take its toll on the team as it hunts for its first postseason berth since 2009.