Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo will remain sidelined with a stress fracture in his right foot until at least the All-Star break, reports Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona.
Trumbo, 28, has been out since April 24 with the stress fracture, a complicated injury that could have lingering effects if not properly treated. Understandably, the Diamondbacks are being cautious with the power-hitting outfielder, giving him extra time to rest up the foot before being returned to action.
With the 2014 All-Star weekend set for July 14-17, Trumbo will be out for at least a few more weeks. On Sunday, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told reporters that Trumbo hasn’t been cleared for a minor league rehabilitation assignment yet, and that will obviously be the next step before he’s allowed to re-join his teammates.
Given that Trumbo is under contract through 2016 and the D-Backs sit in last place, a cautious approach to Trumbo’s injury seems rather prudent. Over the past few years, he’s been one of the most prolific power hitters in baseball, averaging over 30 homers per year from 2011-13 with the Los Angeles Angels.
His time with the Diamondbacks hasn’t gone as well, as Trumbo played just 21 games before going down with the stress injury in late April. He remained a serious power threat, though, going off for seven homers and 19 RBI in that limited time despite hitting just .210 with a .264 on-base percentage.
Without Trumbo, Arizona has primarily turned to Cody Ross in left field. It’s been a borderline disaster, as Ross has batted .220/.270/.273 with one home run in 141 plate appearances this season. Getting back Trumbo will be a huge upgrade, even if it doesn’t come until late July.