MLB rumors: Boston Red Sox getting key piece back for postseason run?
What the Boston Red Sox may do at the MLB trade deadline could potentially be impacted by the return of Trevor Story from offseason elbow surgery.
Story, signed in the offseason prior to the 2022 campaign, is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Portland on Friday, with MLB.com’s Ian Browne reporting, “He will play five innings at shortstop on Friday, get a few at-bats as the DH on Saturday and play another five innings at shortstop on Sunday.”
If all goes well, Story could be moved to Triple-A for the start of a homestand next week, Browne wrote. That means that the 30-year-old Story would be one step closer to returning to the Red Sox lineup. He could potentially be back with Boston before the August 1 MLB trade deadline, giving Boston some stability at second base or shortstop, positions where the Red Sox rank 27th and 26th, respectively, out of MLB’s 30 teams when measured by bWAR.
Stability in the infield and another bat in the lineup could help the Red Sox focus in on other needs that would boost the team in the second half of the season. With Boston just 2.5 games out of a Wild Card spot heading into Thursday’s action, look for the Red Sox to be active at the MLB trade deadline while also improving from within thanks to Story’s return.