On Tuesday night, the 29-year-old infielder got hit in the right hand by a Corey Kluber pitch.
There is good news on that front, according to MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo.
“Big news: X-rays were negative on both Trevor Story and Matt Strahm,” he tweeted.
Big news: X-rays were negative on both Trevor Story and Matt Strahm.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 13, 2022
Story was struck by a 89.2 mph sinker from Kluber, so that had to hurt.
The infielder is expected to avoid a stint on the injured list, but there is some bruising and swelling in the hand.
It appears the Sox avoided a worst-case scenario, though.
Story, outside of a hot streak in May, is not having a particularly strong season.
He is slashing, as of Wednesday afternoon, .221/.289/.423 with 15 home runs and a .712 OPS.
The power has been nice to see, though, and he is talented enough to slowly improve his numbers across the board as the season progresses.
Strahm Is Also OK
As for Strahm, the pitcher was hit by a come-backer, also in Tuesday’s game against the Rays.
Fortunately, X-rays on his left wrist also turned up negative, so he should also be available at some point this week.
The left-hander has been very, very good and reliable from the Sox’s bullpen.
In 33 games, he has a 3-3 record with a 3.58 ERA, 32 strikeouts, and a 1.23 WHIP in 27.2 frames.
He is one of the reasons why the Red Sox were able to overcome a 10-19 start and are now 47-41, in the thick of the Wild Card race.
As long as Story an Strahm keep progressing well, both should be able to return within the next couple of days to keep helping the Red Sox win important games and series.