Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right wrist, manager Alex Cora announced to reporters Saturday (Twitter link via Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com). He’ll be shut down from swinging a bat for the next 10 to 14 days.
Story has been out since being plunked by a Corey Kluber sinker back on July 12. Initial x-rays of his hand and wrist came back negative, but the 29-year-old was recently sent for a second opinion with a hand specialist after his recovery failed to progress. That visit revealed the fracture and prompted the forthcoming shutdown. The Sox have not yet provided a timetable for when he might return, but by the time that shutdown period is up, he’ll have already been out nearly a month. He’ll surely require a minor league rehab assignment of some length, putting his earliest plausible return at some point in mid-August.
Signed to a six-year, $140MM contract over the winter, Story got out to a brutal start in his first season with Boston and looked to have turned things around with a torrid showing in May. He’s again fallen into a slump at the plate, however, and while he’s hit for solid power thus far, his overall .221/.289/.423 slash is well shy of what the Sox had envisioned when signing him.
The Red Sox have, perhaps not coincidentally, picked up some depth at second base in recent days, bringing old friends Danny Santana and Jose Peraza back to the organization on minor league contracts. Between Story’s newly found fracture and Enrique Hernandez’s status on the 60-day injured list, it’s not a surprise to see some veteran depth added to the minor league fold. It’s also plausible that the Sox will need to tap into some of their depth following Tuesday’s trade deadline. Boston has made clear that Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers aren’t going anywhere, but the Sox could still move some veteran rentals (e.g. Christian Vazquez, J.D. Martinez) as they come to grips with a disappointing first four months of the season.