“It’s just a little more frustrating than anything,” Story said Thursday afternoon. “I’ve just kind of been frustrated with the hand injury as well, and the heel. We’re doing all we can. Not skipping any steps and it’s not ready. It’s as simple as that.”
“Obviously, that’s a big part of my game, speed,” Story said. “Just using my athleticism, jumping and running. Those are the couple things [where I kind of feel it] on the heel contusion just really putting a lot of force into that. Then I’ve got to back off a bit. I want to be able to get out there and play the way that I know I can play, and given right now and how it’s progressed, that’s not the case.”
“If I’m able to play, and think I can play, then I’ll play,” Story said. “That’s how I’ve always attacked this game, and I know how special it is.”
On each occasion, the Red Sox believed the injury would not require an IL stint. But after every game that Story was not ready — the first instance after a second opinion revealed a hand fracture — it was clear the Sox had to make a move.
“With both of these injuries, it’s been that we were trying to be able to stay on the field,” Story said. “And that’s been my calling card, and that’s what I take a lot of pride in.”
Story has played just 94 games this year. If Story doesn’t return, it would be his fewest games in a 162-game season since being called up to the majors in 2016.
Friday’s game against the Yankees is on Apple TV+ at 7:05 p.m. It will be free to watch through Apple. NESN has the 1:05 p.m. game on Saturday, with ESPN carrying the 7:08 p.m. game on Sunday … Nate Eovaldi, on the IL with right shoulder inflammation, will make a rehab start for Worcester on Friday … Prior to Thursday’s game, Yankees lefthander Wandy Peralta was placed on the 15-day IL (retroactive to Sept. 19) with left thoracic spine tightness. They also reinstated lefthander Zack Britton from the 60-day injured list and designated infielder/outfielder Miguel Andújar for assignment.
source: The Boston Globe