OF Mark Trumbo was just placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a stress fracture in his left foot. The stress fracture likely developed due to overcompensating for plantar fasciitis which Trumbo had been dealing with since early Spring Training. At the end of 2011, Trumbo had a stress fracture in his left foot, which took over five months to heal. This time around, however, the injury is not likely to be nearly as severe, and he will probably miss around six weeks.
While the Arizona Diamondback‘s lineup will miss his power, the loss of Trumbo shouldn’t be as bad as you might think. Arizona has already called up left fielder Roger Kieschnick, and while he has not performed very well thus far, one of the strengths of the Arizona Diamondbacks is their depth in the outfield. Along with Kieschnick, their outfield also consists of Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra, A.J. Pollock, Cody Ross and Tony Campana. All of whom are better defenders than Trumbo, and while none possess his power, they can all hit for a better average.
The one who will benefit most from Trumbo’s absence is likely to be Ross, who is coming off of an injury himself. Though he missed a good amount of time last season, Ross still hit .278, which would be a large improvement over Trumbo’s .210 average. Though Ross will replace Trumbo in the outfield, at the plate there are others who will need to step up.
In the three games that Trumbo has missed, Arizona has won twice, in no small part due to the play of Aaron Hill. He is 6-for-12 with five RBIs in that time, and is hitting even better in crunch time. Against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, Hill finished off a five-run ninth inning with his game-winning triple, and on Friday, he was superb yet again. He broke a o-o tie with his home run in the fourth inning, and also hit an RBI double in the fifth inning which almost left the ballpark.
While it’s hard to say that the Diamondbacks have won three-straight because of Trumbo’s injury, it is hard to ignore the fact that they are playing much better baseball without him.