The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a slow start this season with a 7-18 record through the first 25 games. Now with the news that the team will be without Mark Trumbo for an extended period of time, it may be time to hit the panic switch in the desert for Kirk Gibson and crew.
The 28-year old outfielder will be sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot. An MRI on Wednesday revealed what previous X-rays could not. Trumbo has been dealing with plantar fasciitis since spring training. The injury is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a thick connective tissue in the foot that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects to the heel. The injury causes incredible discomfort and can lead to other injuries, such as stress fractures and bone spurs.
“The plantar (fasciitis) at times has been pretty bad but manageable,” Trumbo said. “That’s what you have to do. You’ve got to earn a living and play. This was to the point where I severely had to compensate running-wise to the point where I probably wouldn’t be much of an asset on either side.”
Trumbo is hitting just .210 this season, but is tied for the National League lead with seven home runs and second in RBI with 19. In his place the Diamondbacks will call-up outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno. The 27-year old only has 38 games of major league experience, but is hitting .281 with three home runs in 18 Triple-A games this season.
When asked when Trumbo could make a return to the lineup, manager Kirk Gibson told the media “I don’t have a timetable for you, I’m sure it’ll be extended.”