Rockies place Trevor Story on injured list with sore right elbow

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PITTSBURGH — Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story was placed on the injured list due to inflammation in his right elbow.

The move was announced Saturday by the team before a doubleheader in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. The Rockies also reinstated infielder Matt Adams from the injured list.

Story was taken out on Thursday in New York against the Mets as a precaution. He’s off to a slow start this season, hitting .255 with five homers.

The two-time All-Star is in the final year of his deal and figures to be a hot commodity toward the trade deadline. He’s a smooth fielder who has plenty of power (139 career homers) and has speed on the base paths (two seasons with 20 or more stolen bases).

Last Sunday against Arizona, the 28-year-old Story broke out of a homer funk with the fourth walk-off homer of his career. It’s tied for third-most in franchise history with Charlie Blackmon, Jason Giambi and Larry Walker, behind only Dante Bichette, who had five, and Todd Helton, who finished with seven.

That long ball snapped a 17-game homerless streak for Story, the second-longest of his career.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize $10M, 1-year contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a $10 million, one-year contract on Monday.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.