Shohei Ohtani almost ruined Rockies’ trade deadline with HBP

Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /

In the fourth inning of Shohei Ohtani‘s masterful seven-inning gem for the LA Angels, he gave the Rockies even more of a scare.

He almost wiped out their trade deadline plans in the process of beating them 6-2.

Ohtani smoked Trevor Story with the ball when he was at the plate. The 97 mph pitch hit Story in the hand, and it looked excruciatingly painful.

Trevor Story seems to be okay, but Shohei Ohtani could have destroyed the Rockies deadline plans.

Trevor Story is the top trade chip that the Rockies have, and has even been speculated to be a potential target to Shohei Ohtani’s LA Angels.

While the Angels are probably feeling good about where their infield stands, he’s still a hot commodity on the trade market. The New York Yankees and San Diego Padres are teams who have been thought of to be interested, and apparently the Yankees have reportedly already made an offer for the shortstop.

The Rockies have who they want in mind when it comes to a trade for Story, but it looked far from possible when the injury scare happened on Monday.

The two-time All-Star is hitting .240/.312/.421 with 12 homers and 46 runs driven in this season. It’s been the worst year of his career, which is why there would be almost no possibility of him being traded when he was hurt on top of that.

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Luckily, Story is okay, and you have to be appreciative of Ohtani going over to check on him and apologize between innings. That man’s character is remarkable.