Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story could have damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Tuesday.
Rosenthal said the exact diagnosis and was not yet known. UCL injuries often lead to Tommy John surgery.
Story hurt his elbow while making a throw Monday night in the first inning of an 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in the opener of a key three-game series that could help decide the National League West.
He stayed in the game but appeared to aggravate it in the fourth inning when he swung at a pitch from Hyun-Jin Ryu. Story departed the game at that time.
“I just kind of felt something on a throw when I dove for the ball and then my elbow was a little tight,” Story told reporters after the game. “I just tried to play through it and when I swung through that pitch, kind of extended my arm, I felt it a little more.”
He said he came out of the game as an act of “just being cautious” but was disappointed.
“It’s tough, unfortunate, frustrating for me,” Story said. “You never want to come out of the game, especially a game like this. It’s such a huge series.”
Any time Story misses would be a key loss for the Rockies. With a dozen games to play, the Rockies are a half-game out of both first place in the division and the second NL wild card.
On the season, his first as an All-Star, Story is batting .288 with 33 home runs, 40 doubles, 102 RBIs and 26 stolen bases as a potential MVP candidate.
–Field Level Media