"Oh no," Rockies broadcaster Jeff Huson said, immediately after left fielder Gerardo Parra and shortstop Trevor Story collided in left field. Huson, just as Parra, who pounded the ground and frantically beckoned for a trainer, could tell immediately that the situation was dire.
Yankees batter Jacoby Ellsbury had lifted a ball to shallow left in last night’s game at Coors Field, where Parra had settled under it, only to have Story range out from the infield and make a last-second dive, winding up tangled in Parra’s legs. The 29-year-old went down hard in instant agony.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss did his best to assuage the obvious guilt felt by Story, who homered later in the 13-10 Rockies win.
"He felt somewhat responsible, but I told him you're going hard after the ball, those things happen on a baseball field," Weiss said. "It's unfortunate, but it happened because he's hustling, trying to make the play, trying to put an out away."
As far as the diagnosis, Colorado was relieved to learn that Parra had suffered a left ankle sprain, rather than the more serious injury that appeared to have occurred in the moment. Weiss said Parra is considered day-to-day.
In year one of a deal that will pay him $27.5 million over three seasons, Parra had been hitting .263 with a .698 OPS for Colorado, with 5 HR and 20 2B (putting him at second in the NL in that category) in 243 AB. Following his injury, the Rockies were on the phone with Triple-A Albuquerque, having outfielder Brandon Barnes yanked from his game, giving a strong indication that it will be the 29-year-old taking over in left field as Parra heals. Barnes had been hitting .277 with a pair of home runs for the Isotopes in 137 AB.