Tuesday was definitely not a good day for Boston Red Sox fans.
First, they saw how the last difference-making shortstop, Carlos Correa, signed for the Minnesota Twins at a discount price.
That was somewhat expected, though: having invested a lot of money, few people actually expected them to bring in Correa unless something extraordinary happened.
Well, just a couple of hours after Correa agreed to commit his future to the Twins, something extraordinary happened in Boston.
MLB insider Jeff Passan reported that Red Sox infielder Trevor Story needed elbow surgery and an approximate timetable for his return was between four and six months.
Talk about having bad luck: the Red Sox signed Story last year as a way to protect themselves in case Xander Bogaerts walked.
That ended up happening.
Well, they are now down Story too, at least until May or June (possibly longer) and have no viable alternative left in free agency.
Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom talked about the star shortstop’s injury.
He doesn’t know for sure when he will be active.
“Bloom won’t give timetable on Story. ‘I certainly would not rule out a return sometime during 2023… it’ll take how long it takes,'” Red Sox insider Chris Cotillo tweeted.
Bloom won't give timetable on Story. "I certainly would not rule out a return sometime during 2023… it'll take how long it takes."
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 10, 2023
Story, who had a .737 OPS with 16 home runs in 2022, is badly needed in Boston’s lineup.
He will be missed for as long as he is out.
At this point, probably not even doctors know how long he will be out.
It will all depend on his rehab.