Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story burst onto the national scene as a rookie in 2016 when he smashed seven home runs in his first six MLB games. He’d go on to hit 27 home runs in 97 games before a torn ligament in his left thumb ended his season in early August.
The injury cost Story a chance at Nomar Garciaparra’s rookie shortstop home run record of 30. It also contributed to the bottom falling out on the Rockies’ season. Colorado was 4 1/2 games out of a Wild Card spot the day the team announced Story would miss extended time; it’d finish the year 12 games back in the race.
The good news for Colorado is that Story is completely healthy now, and if the first few weeks of spring training are any indication, he looks a lot like the home-run smashing shortstop he was before the injury.
Story hit his third homer of the spring Tuesday in Colorado’s 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers. He took Rangers ace Yu Darvish deep in the first inning. All three of those have come over the course of seven games. Video of his smack off Darvish has yet to surface, but here’s the spicy meatball he hit against the Brewers on Sunday:
Story told us last month that he was 100 percent recovered from the thumb injury in December. His power sure looks like it’s all the way back a couple games into spring training.
The Rockies open the season April 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Here are some of Story’s bombs to hold you over in the meantime.
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