Bad news for the Rockies: shortstop Trevor Story left last night’s game against the Dodgers game with an elbow injury.
Story hurt his elbow on a throw in the first inning, but stayed in the game as it didn’t seem serious. He aggravated it in the fourth inning, however, swinging and missing on pitch from Hyun-Jin Ryu. After doing so he walked a few steps up the third base line, crouched down and leaned on his bat, after which he was removed from the game. Story, describing it afterwards:
“I just kind of felt something on a throw when I dove for the ball and then my elbow was a little tight. I just tried to play through it and when I swung through that pitch, kind of extended my arm, I felt it a little more.
He said coming out of the game was “just being cautious,” but he’ll have tests today to determine the severity of his injury.
Story is hitting .288/.343/.550 with 33 home runs, 40 doubles and 25 stolen bases. Along with Nolan Arenado, he has provided the “2” in the Rockies’ 1-2 offensive punch. Him missing time over the season’s final two weeks, as the Rockies sit just behind the Dodgers in the NL West and both the Dodgers and Cardinals in the race for the second NL Wild Card, would be bad news.
The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.
Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.
The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.
In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.