Orioles’ starter Wade Miley made it through just 12 pitches on Friday night after getting struck in the wrist and leg by two batted balls. The first ball, a 103.3 m.p.h. line drive off the bat of the White Sox’ Jose Abreu, ricocheted off of Miley’s left wrist and caused a left wrist contusion.
The left-hander recovered to throw against Avisail Garcia, but the next line drive (clocked at an exit velocity of 102.1 m.p.h.) caught him on his left leg. That was Miley’s cue to exit the game, having issued three hits in the first 2/3 of the inning.
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The good news? X-rays on Miley’s wrist were negative, and his postgame comments indicate that he doesn’t expect to lose any time on the disabled list. If only the same could be said for the rest of Baltimore’s pitching staff, who are currently dealing with Chris Tillman‘s right shoulder bursitis and a persistent forearm issue for closer Zach Britton.
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.