Red Sox’ Trevor Story unlikely to play in Wednesday’s series finale against Tigers while recovering from illness

Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story is unlikely to play in Wednesday’s series finale against the Tigers, manager Alex Cora said following Tuesday’s 5-3 win at Comerica Park.

Story, who last played against the Yankees on Saturday, has been hampered by a non-COVID illness. The 29-year-old did not travel with the team to Detroit on Sunday night and instead remained in New York for an additional day.

After taking a separate flight to Detroit on Monday, Story was on hand for Tuesday’s contest at Comerica Park. There, in the Red Sox clubhouse, the veteran infielder told The Boston Globe’s Julian McWilliams that he has been dealing with food poisoning and has been out of action for that very reason.

While the Red Sox are unlikely to play Story on Wednesday as he continues to regain his strength, there is optimism that the two-time All-Star could suit up for Friday afternoon’s home opener against the Twins at Fenway Park.

As noted by MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo, Story’s tenure with the Red Sox has certainly gotten off to an interesting start. After spending the first six years of his big-league career as a shortstop with the Rockies, Story signed a six-year, $120 million contract with Boston on March 23 to become the team’s everyday second baseman.

Two days after his deal was made official, Story left Red Sox camp to return home to Texas to be with his wife Mallie, for the birth of their first son, Stetson. Upon returning to Fort Myers, Story was only able to appear in five Grapefruit League games prior to Opening Day. Since making his 2022 debut on April 8, the right-handed hitter has gone 1-for-8 with a double, one walk, and one strikeout.

The Red Sox were already planning on easing Story into things this month given the nature of a shortened spring training. With this latest setback, the club is likely to be even more cautious when it comes to managing his workload early on.

(Picture of Trevor Story: Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

Author: Brendan Campbell

Blogging about the Boston Red Sox since April '17. Also support Tottenham Hotspur.

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