The Colorado Rockies sat out Major League Baseball’s trade deadline on Monday, in part because they felt confident in their roster and thought that they were ready to challenge for a wild-card playoff spot.
On Tuesday, all that changed when the Rockies had to place shortstop Trevor Story on the 15-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left thumb that’s expected to end his extraordinary rookie campaign.
Story, who was hitting .272 on the season go along with a league-leading 27 home runs, will undergo surgery to repair the damage; a procedure that usually comes with an eight-week recovery time — making it nearly impossible for Story to return until the regular-season comes to an end.
The Rockies, who sit only 3.5 games out of the final wild-card spot after Tuesday night’s victory over and the Los Angeles Dodgers, now face the daunting task of chasing that final playoff spot without one of their most potent bats.
Nate Lundy and Shawn Drotar discussed what that means for the Rockies, and the test that’s now in front of skipper Walt Weiss.