Trevor Story was named to the California League midseason all-star team on Wednesday, which is good news.
The bad news is that the Modesto Nuts’ lone representative in the game, which will be played June 17 in Wilmington, Del., has been on the disabled list since May 22 after breaking his left pinky and might not be able to play.
“We’re evaluating him on a day-by-day basis and we’re hoping that by the end of this weekend we’ll have an idea of when he’ll be able to play,” said Modesto manager Don Sneddon. “The consensus is that if he can’t get a game in before the All-Star Game he wouldn’t go.
Story took full swings with both hands in the cage on Wednesday and took ground balls at shortstop during batting practice.
“The finger feels good,” Story said. “I’m progressing pretty good and it feels better every day.”
When asked how many games he’d need to play before considering himself ready to play in an all-star game, Story said he wasn’t sure.
“I could come back feeling pretty good and not miss a beat, or I could be off on my timing and it could take longer,” Story said. “I’d say I could be ready in three to five games. The stitches are out and it’s closed-up and looking good.”
Story wants to play in the game, and the Rockies like their prospects to participate in showcase events. On the other hand, they certainly don’t want to rush Story back into action.
“A lot of it is going to come down to his pain tolerence,” Sneddon said. “We wouldn’t send him back there unprepared and without having played for three weeks. I’m optimistic.”
EDDIE BUTLER GETS THE CALL
Starting pitcher Eddie Butler, who was 4-4, 2.49 in 11 starts this season for Double-A Tulsa, has been called up to the Colorado Rockies and will start Friday’s game at Coors Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Butler spent most of the 2013 season in Modesto, going 3-4, 2.39 in 13 starts. When he appears on Friday he’ll become the first former Nut to make his debut with the Rockies this season.
The callup was a particular source of pride for Modesto pitching coach Dave Burba. It’s always a thrill for minor league coaches to see their former players reach the majors, and Butler represents the first player coaches by Burba to reach The Show.
“I’m excited and I wish I could see it,” said Burba, who pitched in the major leagues for 15 years. “I feel he’ll be OK if he goes and doesn’t try to overdo it and doesn’t get caught up in the glamour and the thrill of being there, and doesn’t get into thinking that he needs to do extra.
“I think if he can avoid all that, we’re going to see a guy who will open some eyes.”