The Diamondbacks have been hurt by the injury bug once again in 2014, but the Snakes could be getting some good news before the All Star break. It has not been announced yet, but Dbacks slugger and left fielder Mark Trumbo could be back in Kirk Gibson‘s lineup when the Snakes begin a series with the Giants tonight in San Francisco. Trumbo has been out since April 22nd with a stress fracture in his right foot.
He has been in Reno with the team’s Triple A affiliate this week, and has been killing the baseball. So far on his rehab assignment, he is hitting .458 with five homers and 12 RBI’s in seven games. He has hit a grand slam, and on Tuesday he went 3 for 4 with an RBI against the Las Vegas 51’s. This was the first time that he played the full nine innings. His numbers clearly indicate that he is ready to return, and the Dbacks could defiantly use him back in the lineup.
Dbacks Manager Kirk Gibson talked to MLB.com about the possibility of Trumbo returning tonight: “I talked to [Reno manager Phil] Nevin last night,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Wednesday before Trumbo went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored later that night. “We’ll see what we’re going to do. … We’re just kind of talking to him. We talked to him a couple of days ago. He was a little susceptible to breaking balls. He wasn’t recognizing them real well.” “But now he’s starting to get there. We’ll see how he does [Wednesday]. Then we’ll talk to the medical people. We have to make sure medically that they’re comfortable with whatever we might do. If you get the go-ahead on that, you try to determine whether he’s ready and bring him in.”
Before Trumbo went on the D.L, he had hit 7 home runs and driven in 19 which was near the top of the National League in both categories. He was batting .210 with an on base percentage of .264 which is not good at all. Trumbo’s name has come up in trade rumors now that the Dbacks are sellers. We shall see what they do with him in the offseason, but its not likely that he will be traded before July 31st. Getting Trumbo back will certainly help the Snakes lineup.