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Eric Thames exits game with hamstring tightness

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Brewers outfielder Eric Thames was pulled from Friday’s game against the Pirates after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring, per an official team announcement. Thames lasted two full innings on the field and went 0-for-1 against the Pirates’ Nick Kingham before conceding his spot in the lineup to pinch-hitter/right fielder Hernan Perez in the top of the third.

Thames, 31, is recently returned from his last trip to the disabled list, when he spent over six weeks recovering from surgery on his left thumb. While there’s been no word on the severity of his latest hamstring issue, the Brewers will likely take things slow with the outfielder until regular games resume after the All-Star Break.

Following Friday’s performance, Thames is batting a modest .250/.344/.556 with 13 home runs and five stolen bases through 183 plate appearances this year. He still has some big expectations to meet after posting a few career-best totals with the team in 2017, but will need to stay healthy for longer than a month before he can match or exceed them.

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.