Trevor Story will sit for a “scheduled rest day” on Monday in the first matchup of a four-game series against NL West divisional foe, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I think as the season gets into the meat of summer, and this part of the season you can see potentially a day off from starting for Trevor, and potentially Nolan,” Rockies Manager Bud Black said.
Black added, “There's a time when they need to not start a game, and this was one of those games tonight for Trevor.”
First-year player Brendan Rodgers who made his debut just over a week ago will slide into Story’s shortstop position. Despite playing primarily second base for the Rockies, Rodgers is a natural shortstop who has extensive experience at the position in AAA.
“I wouldn't expect to see it greatly, but it's a good option for us to have Brendan there,” Black said.
Monday will be a good opportunity for the Rockies staff and fans to evaluate Brendan Rodgers at the shortstop position, and against one of the best pitchers in the NL.
The move is an interesting one considering Story’s history of success against Diamondbacks ace, Zack Greinke. Comparatively, the rest of the Rockies active roster that has faced Greinke haven't fared as well.
Black noted this, but understandably values the health and rest of Story more than a potentially favorable matchup. He also pointed out that Story hasn't been as successful recently against the 2009 Al Cy Young winner.
In Story's last seven games against Greinke he has gone only 4-for-19 at the plate.
Story’s hitting prowess will be undoubtedly be missed by Rockies fans, but he should be ready for Tuesday’s matchup.