The star infielder, who signed a lucrative contract to play in Boston last offseason, underwent an internal brace procedure on Monday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
According to MLB insider Jeff Passan, that surgery usually takes between four and six months for players to return from it.
In other words, it’s safe to say that Story won’t start the campaign on the Red Sox roster and his season is effectively in jeopardy.
General manager Chaim Bloom, however, told the media on Tuesday that there is a chance Story returns in 2023.
If Passan is right, he will indeed return at some point this year even in a worst-case scenario.
Many people asked themselves how in the world did the team wait until mid-January to perform surgery on Story’s elbow unless he was hurt during the offseason.
That was apparently the case.
“Chaim Bloom on the Trevor Story timeline: ‘While ramping up throwing, Trevor experienced pain in his elbow. This was just before Christmas. … It was not something we contemplated at the end of the season,'” Red Sox insider Alex Speier tweeted.
Chaim Bloom on the Trevor Story timeline: “While ramping up throwing, Trevor experienced pain in his elbow. This was just before Christmas. … It was not something we contemplated at the end of the season.”
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) January 10, 2023
Well, there you go: it’s a new injury, not one he suffered near the end of the season.
The Red Sox, already down Xander Bogaerts, will miss Story dearly while he is gone.
They were already looking for a middle infielder, and this development will certainly accelerate that search.