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Story (thumb sprain) on IL; no surgery needed

Colorado recalls No. 1 prospect Rodgers from Triple-A Albuquerque
@JakeDRill
June 20, 2019

PHOENIX -- First, the bad news: The Rockies are going to be without shortstop Trevor Story for several weeks. The good news? It could have been much worse. After exiting Wednesday’s game with a right thumb sprain, Story underwent an MRI and met with Dr. Donald Sheridan, a hand specialist,

PHOENIX -- First, the bad news: The Rockies are going to be without shortstop Trevor Story for several weeks. The good news? It could have been much worse.

After exiting Wednesday’s game with a right thumb sprain, Story underwent an MRI and met with Dr. Donald Sheridan, a hand specialist, in the Phoenix area on Thursday. While the Rockies rallied for a come-from-behind 6-4 win in 10 innings over the D-backs, Story learned that there was no structural damage to his right thumb and that he won’t need surgery.

“I was obviously scared,” Story said. “A relief that it’s not as bad as it could’ve been. It could’ve been a lot worse. I’ll try to find some positivity in that. I’m still going to miss some time. It’s still going to be tough for me missing, no matter how much time it is. I’ll stay focused on doing what I need to do to get back out there.”

Story was particularly worried, because he’s had a serious thumb injury before. He missed the final two months of his rookie season in 2016 after undergoing surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his left thumb. That injury also happened during a slide into second, and just like this time, the initial X-rays were negative.

Story sustained this injury when he jammed his right thumb during a headfirst slide in the sixth inning Wednesday night as he tried to leg out a double. He was thrown out at second base.

Rockies manager Bud Black said it was “encouraging” to hear the results from Story’s MRI and visit with the hand specialist. But it will still hurt to be without their All-Star shortstop for multiple weeks.

“He’s sore. Mother Nature has to take its course with therapy and treatment,” Black said. “It’s just a straight-up sprain. You sprain your ankle, you sprain your thumb, you sprain your knee. I mean, ligaments are compromised when you sprain something.”

The Rockies recalled infielder Brendan Rodgers, their No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline, from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Story’s place on the roster. Rodgers batted .246 (16-for-65) with two doubles and seven RBIs in 21 games for Colorado earlier this season in his first big league action. He was batting .350 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs in 37 games at Triple-A.

Rodgers entered Thursday’s game in the ninth when Nolan Arenado exited due to precautionary reasons for a left big toe contusion. Rodgers singled in the 10th and scored on Chris Iannetta’s go-ahead two-run single.

“He’s playing at the highest level, and I think he understands now, from Spring Training and the time he was with us, that this game’s different,” Black said. “It’s a little faster, it’s more intensive and there’s a learning curve to everyday baseball here.”

Worth noting

• Right-hander Seunghwan Oh (left abdominal strain) is nearing his first mound session since going on the injured list June 10. Oh traveled with the Rockies to Phoenix, and he has been with the team this week at Chase Field.

Oh has a 9.33 ERA in 21 appearances this season, and he hasn’t pitched since May 30. Black didn’t have a timetable for Oh’s recovery, but he said the righty is progressing.

“He’s doing better,” Black said.

• More than a week after left-hander Tyler Anderson (left knee chondral defect) underwent surgery, Black said he has texted with the southpaw, who shared positive results from the operation.

“The doctors were happy with the procedure,” Black said. “It’s not a common procedure, but they’re encouraged by what they did.”

It’s still unknown whether Anderson could return this season.

Jake Rill is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JakeDRill.