Red Sox’s Trevor Story undergoes surgery for right elbow injury; 2023 status unknown | News, Results, Highlights, Stats and Rumours

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Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story underwent a successful internal brace on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Monday, the team said announced Tuesday.

The story is expected to miss time, according to MassLive Chris Cotillo. ESPN’s Jeff Passan noted that the procedure is a “modified Tommy John surgery” and Story could be out for four to six months.

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Trevor Story underwent UCL surgery with an internal brace on his right elbow — in other words, modified Tommy John surgery with a faster return date.

Generally, players are absent four to six months after surgery.

However, Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom declined to give a firm timeline for Story’s recovery, noting that the team can’t “count on” him being ready to get dressed during the 2023 campaign.

The 30-year-old missed the final two months of his rookie season with the Colorado Rockies in 2016 with a torn ligament in his left thumb, but was otherwise largely healthy until last year, the first of a six-year, $140 million deal with the Red Sox.

The storyline was limited to 94 games due to a right hand bruise and later a left heel bruise. He hit .238/.303/.434 with 16 home runs, 66 RBI and 13 stolen bases. It was a poor year by his standards, but Boston also struggled overall, finishing last in the American League East with a 78-84 record.

If Story misses the start of the 2023 season, the Red Sox could be in trouble down the middle, as the club lost shortstop Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres via free agency.

Christian Arroyo and Enrique Hernández could be short-played and the team could look to sign a free-hand shortstop. José Iglesias and Elvis Andrus, among others, are still available.



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