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Trevor Story has successful UCL surgery, out four to six months

We discuss the news that Red Sox shortstop Trevor Story could miss the first two months of the season.

Trevor Story #10 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Boston Red Sox shortstop Trevor Stroy underwent successful UCL surgery on Monday, per Jen McCaffrey. The procedure helps to brace the ligament, similar to a Tommy John surgery, but with a much quicker recovery time. Still, Story is expected to be sidelined for four to six months after the surgery. Depending on his progression, he could miss the beginning of the regular season.

Story just wrapped up his first season in Boston. He played in 94 games and hit .238 with 22 doubles, 16 home runs and 66 RBI. Story has five years left on his current deal with Boston and isn’t expected to be a free agent until the 2028 season. With the moves that the Red Sox have made this offseason (i.e. letting Xander Bogaerts walk in free agency), he is expected to take on a bigger role with the team alongside third baseman Rafael Devers.

If Story is sidelined, Boston may have to get creative on who will fill in for him. Some combination of Christian Arroyo, Bobby Dalbec and Enrique Hernandez will likely be deployed unless the Red Sox sign some middle infield help or elevate a prospect. He isn’t being ruled out for the start of the season, but if his recover takes some time, he could be out up to June, which would really hurt the early part of Boston’s season.