The Crimson Sox had been dealt a significant blow this month when it was revealed star infielder Trevor Story would require an inner brace process to restore the ulnar collateral ligament in his proper elbow.
Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom didn’t give a timeline, and he indicated that having Story accessible in 2023 was not one thing that they “need to financial institution on.” Given the departure of Xander Bogaerts in free company and Story’s anticipated transfer over to shortstop, that a brutal blow to Boston’s probabilities this season.
Issues have taken a barely extra constructive flip, although, with Story telling reporters that he believes he’ll play this season, by way of Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. To what extent Story can get himself concerned stays to be seen, and there’s nonetheless no timeline in place for his restoration, however on the very least it’s a extra upbeat outlook than Bloom’s.
Story went into it a bit extra, by way of NESN’s Greg Dudek:
“Yeah, oh yeah. In my thoughts, sure. I feel it’s too early for a timetable,” Story stated. “We’re 11 days out of surgical procedure. Numerous that sort of relies on the best way we’re progressing and this entire rehab course of. However I be ok with that. I be ok with how I’m going to assault this and the workforce that we’ve. And all of our remedy guys, I do know we’re going to do the most effective job we will. It’s going to be one thing I’m actually trying ahead to. We’re going to do it the suitable method, although. We’re not going to chop any corners.”
Story skilled discomfort final month when he was ramping up his offseason program. That was after feeling high-quality for all of November and a very good chunk of December. Abraham relays that Story was in a position to keep away from Tommy John surgical procedure on the elbow, because it’s only a partial tear.
The Crimson Sox will possible flip to Enrique Hernandez to deal with Story’s reps at shortstop till he can return, notably after boosting their outfield shares with the signing of Adam Duvall. Bloom indicated lately that the workforce may nonetheless pursue a center infield addition, and the Sox have been loosely tied to remaining free brokers Josh Harrison and Elvis Andrus lately, but it surely appears the interior possibility of Hernandez and Christian Arroyo up the center is the favourite.