The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed power-oriented outfielder Mark Trumbo on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his left foot, the club has announced. To replace Trumbo on the 25-man roster, Arizona has called up fellow outfielder Roger Kieschnick.
Trumbo sustained the injury during Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Cubs. An MRI following the game confirmed the fracture, though Trumbo will seek a second opinion from Dr. Michael Lee, an orthopaedic surgeon and the Diamondbacks' team physician. The MRI also detected some plantar fasciitis, which Trumbo has been dealing with since Spring Training, and could've played a role in his latest injury.
There is currently no timetable set for Trumbo's return. He's eligible to come back on May 7th, but it appears highly unlikely that he will do so. Trumbo suffered a similar injury at the end of the 2011 season with the Angels, and it took him over 5 months to recover from it, but he noted that this time, his layover should be "significantly less."
When asked about the injury, Diamondbacks' manager Kirk Gibson was quoted as saying "I don't have a timetable for you...I'm sure it'll be extended."
The 28-year-old first baseman and outfielder was acquired by the Diamondbacks last December in a three-way trade with the Angels and White Sox. Trumbo owns a career OBP of just .297 and is regarded as a negative in the field, but provides plenty of value with his 80-grade power. He has averaged 32 home runs and 94 RBIs through his first three full seasons
Trumbo had been on a torrid pace to start the season, slugging 5 homers with a 1.140 OPS in his first 9 games, but has cooled down considerably over the past couple weeks, and is currently hitting just .210/.264/.506, though he still leads the NL with 7 home runs.
Kieschnick played in 38 games with the San Francisco Giants last season, hitting .202/.294/.226, and was claimed off waivers earlier this month. He was hitting .281/.343/.531 in 70 plate appearances with Triple-A Reno this season, and is capable of playing all three outfield positions.