UPDATE: Victor Martinez told Chris Iott of MLive.com that the “pinch” was actually in his surgically-repaired knee, but he said he’s “not concerned.” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will see how he feels in the morning, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility that he’ll be in the lineup Sunday.
8:10 p.m. ET: Scary moment here for the Tigers, as Victor Martinez left today’s game against the Indians in the seventh inning with a left leg injury.
Martinez injured himself swinging at a pitch before hitting an RBI single. The 36-year-old reached first base before hobbling off the field. The Tigers have since announced that he felt a pinch in his leg and already feels better. He’s considered day-to-day.
Martinez had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in February, so any sort of leg issue is a concern. The veteran designated hitter could be limited over the next few days with the Tigers set to play under National League rules in their upcoming series against the Pirates.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.