Story agreed to terms with the Red Sox just 10 days ago, on March 20, so naturally, he is behind his teammates and is still not in optimal physical and baseball shape.
The only way to remedy that is with at-bats: lots of them, and finally, after a brief absence from camp last week to attend the birth of his child, he is getting them in games.
He played his first spring training game for the Red Sox on Wednesday, according to NESN’s Tom Caron.
“Trevor Story in the home whites. A nice sight with Opening Day one week from tomorrow,” he tweeted.
Trevor Story in the home whites. A nice sight with Opening Day one week from tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/m0ydpRAuZD
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) March 30, 2022
It Shouldn’t Take Too Long For Story To Be In Top Baseball Form
In the end, it won’t take terribly long for Story to show his best version, but it may not come for at least a couple of weeks.
It’s to be expected, though, given the late signing and the short absence to welcome his child.
For the Red Sox, Opening Day will be in eight days from now: on April 7 against their arch rivals, the New York Yankees.
Manager Alex Cora has already said that Story, who is projected to be the team’s second baseman (Xander Bogaerts is the shortstop), will be ready to go when April 7 rolls around, but he will receive some days off early in the season.
The former Colorado Rockies shortstop hit .251/.329/.471 in 2021, but had 24 homers and 20 stolen bases and his performance improved as the season went on.
Boston is hoping he is the missing piece in their championship quest.