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Delino DeShields to miss six weeks with broken hamate bone

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Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields has a broken hamate bone in his left hand, the Rangers announced Saturday. DeShields sustained the injury during Friday’s 5-1 win over the Astros and experienced significant swelling in his hand after the game. He underwent an MRI on Saturday and is expected to miss at least six weeks in recovery. Reliever Nick Gardewine was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to fill his roster spot.

Losing DeShields for any significant amount of time would have a lasting impact on the Rangers’ outfield and lineup configuration. Not only is he the club’s most talented and experienced defender, but he entered the 2018 season as their first choice for leadoff hitter as well. The 25-year-old outfielder is coming off of his best career year to date, one in which he slashed .269/.347/.367 with six home runs and 29 stolen bases in 440 PA.

Without DeShields, the Rangers have precious few options in center field. They’re expected to try Jurickson Profar in the outfield again and will likely stash him in the corner with some combination of Drew Robinson, Ryan Rua and Rule 5 pick Carlos Tocci covering center, though it’s worth nothing that none of the three come close to matching DeShields’ extensive major league experience or leadoff potential. For Saturday’s game against the Astros, Tocci is slated to cover center field while Robinson takes over in left. Elvis Andrus, meanwhile, will assume DeShields’ leadoff spot, leaving the no. 3 position wide open for Adrian Beltre.

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.