Boston Red Sox fans received a huge scare on Tuesday night during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. In the fourth inning, Red Sox shortstop Trevor Story was hit by a pitch on the hand and was forced to exit the contest. An update on Story has arrived, via Chris Cotillo of MassLive.
Trevor Story has a right hand contusion, Red Sox say. Not sure if they’ve done X-rays yet.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 13, 2022
It's unclear if the Red Sox have done X-rays yet. However, the team has said that Trevor Story has a bruised right hand. That would appear to be promising initial news, especially after the way it looked on the field.
Story swung at an 87 MPH offering from Rays hurler Corey Kluber, fouling the ball off, which hit off of the fingers on his right hand. The star slugger quickly walked down the third-base line in pain.
He spoke to Red Sox manager Alex Cora and a team trainer before exiting the contest. Jeter Downs replaced him as a pinch-hitter. Boston fans will hope that their star shortstop has avoided the worst-case scenario.
Story signed a six-year, $140 million contract with Boston this offseason. He got off to a slow start, batting just .224 in March and April.
He then followed it up with a red-hot month of May that saw him post a .842 OPS. Story has since leveled out at the plate, but there's no doubt that his absence would leave a big hole in the Boston lineup- and in the field.
Story has been worth 10 defensive runs saved this season at second base, per Baseball Reference. Red Sox fans will now await the X-Rays on Trevor Story's hand with bated breath.