With nearly the entire roster already underperforming, the last thing that the Arizona Diamondbacks needed was yet another injury forcing one of their key players out of the lineup for an extended period of time. That is just what they are facing, however, after revealing tonight that left fielder Mark Trumbo – the team’s biggest offseason acquisition – has a stress fracture in his left foot. The team received the results of an MRI exam today. Trumbo will return to Phoenix to get a second opinion before any further decisions are made.
No formal time table has been placed on how long Trumbo will be out of the lineup, but he did tell azcentral.com’s Nick Piecoro that this didn’t appear as bad as the previous stress fracture that he suffered in his other foot. That injury kept him out for five and a half months.
MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert notes that Trumbo first felt the discomfort in his foot during Monday night’s game. Trumbo said he felt it following his home run in the 7th inning, later adding after the team’s win on Wednesday:
We’ve got to deal with it now. Try to get everything healthy and try to get back as soon as possible. I don’t have a time frame. I’ll have a better idea once I get back to Arizona.
Picked up as part of a three team trade in early December, the D’backs were hopeful that Trumbo could offer an additional source of power in the lineup and some protection for Paul Goldschmidt. Trumbo’s seven home runs lead the Major Leagues entering play Wednesday evening, but his otherwise paltry offense has checked in at a .210/.264/.506 clip. His adjustment to left field has also had it’s challenging moments, but overall Arizona has seemed pleased with what he’s brought to the table.