George Springer sent to the disabled list, not expected back for six weeks

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As expected, the Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist. But he’s going to be gone longer than 15 days. The estimate: six weeks. All thanks to an Edinson Volquez fastball whch hit Springer on the wrist while traveling at a brisk 96 m.p.h. last night.

Springer has been hot of late, having been moved up to the leadoff spot where he has hit .325 with 12 RBI since June 1 and with a nice mix of speed and power. Now it’ll be up to Alex Presley, who was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take his place in right field, to fill his shoes.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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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.