The Colorado Rockies were dealt some horrible news on Tuesday, as NL MVP favorite Trevor Story might have damage in the UCL of his right elbow - putting his 2018 season in jeopardy.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic broke the news.
#Rockies’ Trevor Story facing potential UCL damage in right elbow, sources tell The Athletic. Exact diagnosis not yet known.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 18, 2018
According to MLB.com's Daniel Kramer, Story left Monday's game after swinging at a pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. After the contest, Story said that he first injured his elbow on a diving play where he tried throwing to first base.
The Rockies enter play on Tuesday just half a game behind the Dodgers for first in the NL West and behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card spot in the NL. Losing Story for the season would be a massive blow for a franchise looking to lock down its second straight postseason berth.
Story is batting .288 with 33 home runs, 102 RBI and an OPS of .894. He also boasts a WAR of 4.7, flashing as both a hitter and a defensive wizard at shortstop. Though the Rockies boast one of baseball's best lineups and a solid pitching staff, losing Story puts a major damper in their postseason chances.
Plenty of standout players have been hampered by elbow injuries this season. Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager needed Tommy John Surgery and has missed most of the season. LA Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani also requires the surgery following UCL damage, though the two-way player continues to play through the pain as a hitter.
The Rockies can only hope that the injury to Story isn't season-ending, and that he'll be able to finish out these next couple of weeks as they try to make the postseason. Otherwise, it'll be a devastating end to the young man's season - one that could lead to him winning the NL MVP award.