Trevor Story returns to Rockies lineup

DENVER — Rockies slugger Trevor Story returned to the lineup for Monday night’s game at Coors Field.

The All-Star shortstop returned after missing a week after an injury. Story batted fifth as the playoff-chasing Rockies opened a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“It’s tough just sitting and watching,” Story said. “It’s not ideal. The timing of it was pretty brutal. Just really tried to keep my focus .on the treatment and getting better.”

The 25-year-old Story tweaked his right elbow on a throw in the first inning of an 8-2 loss to the Dodgers on Sept. 17 and aggravated it on a swing in the fourth.

Story’s return comes at a critical time for the Rockies as the team fights for a playoff spot.

Colorado swept the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend and have returned home for the final games of the season against the Phillies and Nationals.

The Rockies started Monday trailing the NL West-leading Dodgers by 1 1/2 games.

It’s a name that manager Bud Black was all too happy to pencil back into the heart of the order behind Nolan Arenado, who has 34 homers and 103 RBI this season.

“He’s one of our best players. He plays a premium position and hits in the middle of the order. So it’s quite a presence we didn’t have for a week of games,” Black said. “He’s one of our core players and one of best in the National League.”

Story this year became the first shortstop in major league history with at least 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 25 steals in a season.

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