The Arizona Diamondbacks had an impressive come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning to ruin the Cubs' 100th anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field Wednesday, but in the end, they were snakebit. Mark Trumbo is on the DL with a stress fracture in his left foot.
Use Pujols as an example
Trumbo's owners were enjoying his seven home runs (tied for the lead league) but not his .210 batting average. Poor contact marks make him strictly a power-based first baseman. That's why his injury could be crippling.
The D-Backs are saying there is no timetable for his return, and they won't have a better grasp on it until he receives a second opinion. Keep in mind, Trumbo needed 5 1/2 months to heal from a stress fracture in his right foot at the end of the 2011 campaign. He says this one isn't as bad, but what does that exactly mean?
Even more frustrating is the revelation that he's been fighting through plantar fasciitis in his left foot since spring training. I hate to say it, Trumbo owners, but the combination of a stress fracture and plantar fasciitis spells doom and gloom for his 2014 season, in my opinion.
For a player that relies heavily on his power, a foot injury like this can be crippling. Just look at how it affected Albert Pujols last season and how it led him to career-low numbers across the board. And Pujols is kind of a better pure hitter than Trumbo and was only dealing with plantar fasciitis and not a stress fracture. Oh, and Trumbo plays the outfield, not first base. And Arizona doesn't have the luxury of the designated hitter.
The D-Backs' outfield alignment figures to be Gerardo Parra, A.J. Pollock and Cody Ross on a regular basis now, with Tony Campana and Roger Kieschnick filling in here and there. The absence of Trumbo really hurts this team, especially after the rough start they've endured.
If you own Trumbo, brace yourself for an absence spanning months, not weeks, and when he makes it back, be prepared for a drop in his power numbers. If you must, look for replacement pop on the waiver wire. Dayan Viciedo is a name that could fill the void nicely.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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