The Rockies got some encouraging news Thursday: Trevor Story’s thumb injury is not too serious. He won’t need surgery, but he will be out for a while as he heals. In news that’s not as good, Nolan Arenado left Thursday’s game with soreness in his big toe. He fouled a ball off his toe last weekend, and while his X-rays haven’t shown anything, it’s been painful enough for him that he’s concerned. Both of these injuries are worrisome, but hopefully the stars can heal well and heal quickly. With Story heading to the IL, Brendan Rodgers got called up. The young prospect is looking forward to an opportunity to show what he can really do, after learning a lot in the first go round.
The Rockies sent Trevor Story to the 10-day IL after he sprained his thumb sliding into second base during Wednesday’s game. His x-rays came back negative, but the sprain is serious enough that it will take a while to heal. Story is no stranger to thumb injuries, sitting out two months of the 2016 season with a ligament tear in his thumb. Hopefully it’s nothing as serious as that, but it’s best that the Rockies play it safe until he’s healed. Speaking of healing, Seunghwan Oh is approaching a return, getting better after an abdominal strain. Tyler Anderson is recovering after surgery on his knee, and it’s not yet clear whether he’ll be able to return in the 2019 season.
The Rockies made an interesting roster move in calling up Pat Valaika after that wild Padres series. This season, Pat Valaika hasn’t been great with the Rockies, hitting just .067. He’s not quite the Patty Barrels of the past, despite his impressive performance in the minor leagues this year. If he isn’t able to translate that skill to the Majors, it might spell the end for Valaika. He could be fodder for trade, with his versatility and previous success. We’ll see if he can prove himself this time around.
On the Farm
Garrett Hampson came to life offensively in the Isotopes game Thursday. Peter Mooney also had a great outing, showing his hitting chops. Albuquerque pitching got some good work in as well.