‘I felt like a child on the market once more’: Trevor Story homers in first rehab sport with Sea Canines

Purple Sox

Story had a robust outing in his first sport since present process elbow surgical procedure in January.

Trevor Story made performs within the discipline and along with his bat in his first sport again. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald, through AP

Trevor Story gave the Purple Sox a purpose to be excited in his first rehab sport since he had elbow surgical procedure in January.

The veteran center infielder went 1-for-2 with a stroll with Double-A Portland on Friday. His lone hit was an enormous one: an enormous shot over the left fence at Hadlock Area for a three-run residence run within the fifth inning to offer the Sea Canines a 6-1 lead within the fifth inning.

Story didn’t solely make spotlight performs along with his bat. He additionally performed shortstop for the primary time since 2021 after completely enjoying second base final season.

With Marcelo Mayer transferring to 3rd base, Story confirmed he nonetheless has the vary and arm wanted to play brief on a play within the third when he went to his proper and was in a position to gun down the baserunner at first.

Story’s day ended following his fifth-inning residence run, when he was pulled as deliberate. He expressed gratitude when chatting with reporters after placing on an excellent displaying in his first sport since September of final season.

“It was sort of surreal, enjoying in an actual sport,” Story stated. “It’s been a very long time coming, I really feel like. You set in a number of work to get so far. Nonetheless not executed, however undoubtedly an enormous step in the correct path.

“I felt like a child on the market once more, competing. I’ve been wanting ahead to that for a very long time.”

Hitting residence runs actually isn’t a shock to Story. He slugged no less than 24 of them in every of the six seasons he was with the Rockies (outdoors of the COVID-shortened 2020 season) and hit 16 in 94 video games with the Purple Sox final yr.

Story might sense one coming in Friday’s sport after he flew out to left discipline earlier. He labored the depend full in his fifth-inning at-bat earlier than belting one over the fence.

“I felt like I used to be seeing the ball properly and getting some good swings off,” Story stated. “Made the adjustment there on the finish, and yeah, homers are at all times good.”

Clearly, the large concern round Story is how his arm is holding up over seven months following his operation. The sort of surgical procedure may need been unfamiliar to some as he opted to go for an inner brace surgical procedure as a substitute of Tommy John surgical procedure to restore the UCL in his proper elbow. An inner brace surgical procedure permits for a faster rehab course of and Story felt simply wonderful after his first sport.

“It feels nice,” Story stated of his arm. “We’ve been doing a number of attempting to simulate game-like throws. That’s my bread and butter, sort of throwing on the run like that. So bought two balls like that at this time to sort of break the ice.”

Whereas Story bought off to an excellent begin and is feeling properly, his return to the majors isn’t taking place for a bit. The plan is for him to observe his traditional spring coaching routine to prepare for the season: 20 video games and 50 at-bats.

Nevertheless, Story implied that he might return a bit earlier than the timeline suggests.

“We’re sort of within the thick of a race proper now so that would change issues,” Story stated. “However I feel after I really feel comfy timing-wise and all issues included to return, then we’ll. I feel we’ve executed a number of work to attempt to lower that timeline down as I’m enjoying these video games. So I be ok with that. Clearly, at this time was an excellent step.”

The Purple Sox might actually use Story’s assist. He was their major plan at shortstop following Xander Bogaerts’s departure final offseason. However the surgical procedure delayed that, and Boston has performed musical chairs at shortstop all season lengthy in consequence.

Regardless of some inconsistent and generally poor play at brief, the Purple Sox have hung within the thick of issues within the playoff race. Coming into Saturday, they’re 2.5 video games out of the ultimate wild-card spot within the American League.

Story is beginning to really feel like he’s getting shut to creating his big-league return, although he acknowledges it’s nonetheless a step-by-step course of.

“One other step on this complete development that we’ve,” Story stated. “It’s been seven months since surgical procedure. It’s felt actually lengthy at occasions. I really feel like now we’re sort of to the purpose the place a number of the enjoyable stuff occurs.”