Trumbo says he’s good to go, team says no
Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Mark Trumbo has been on the DL with a stress fracture in his left foot since the end of April. So you can imagine his desire and impatience to return to the team. Especially when the team is struggling to win games. According to him he’s ready to help the team end their losing ways.
“I’m ready to go,” the left fielder said Wednesday. “I feel physically and mentally ready to compete right now. If they want to give it a little bit more time, that’s all right. But I know the feedback I’m getting is all positive, and I feel like I can go compete right now.”
However the team has pulled in the reins and said hold up to their big horse. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and General Manager Kevin Towers have said it could be at least another month before the player is ready to return.
“I know they’ve been progressing him along at a slow pace — for good reason,” Gibson said. “… I totally trust the medical people that we have. They’re doing the right thing and it’s really only for Mark’s best interests.”
Trumbo is ready and willing to do what ever it takes to get back on the field as soon as possible. He went on to also say that he feels lost not being able to help the team out and that being on the disabled list is not what you get paid to do.
“That weighs on you, sure, because you want to help the cause,” he said. “All you can do is watch and it is kind of tough to see the guys in the foxhole struggling. You want to be there with them. It’s one thing to be there in spirit, but it means a lot more if you’re able to actually get out there and put some at-bats together and do something to help the cause.”
Once Trumbo is cleared by the team’s medical staff he will be assigned to one of the club’s minor league affiliates for a set of rehab assignment games. How many games that will be is unclear and is not a concern for Mark at all.
“Whether that’s five games, seven games, I don’t know,” Trumbo said. “But I’m all in for that because I’ve seen guys push it too hard and come back (too early), and at this level, sometimes you wear it because the pitching is that much better.”
The Diamondbacks are smart to be cautious with him granted they have a lot of games left. Not to mention they are sitting dead last in the NL West division. They can look to get healthy and attempt to make a push in the second half of the season after the All-Star break for the Wild Card spot in which they are currently 9.5 games behind.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor, Manuel Childs