Mark Trumbo’s surprising rookie season has come to an unfortunate end.
According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Trumbo will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. He has actually played with the injury for about a month and a half, but the fracture was found when he underwent tests earlier today.
The good news is that Trumbo will not need surgery on the foot, but he will likely wear a walking boot and will be kept away from any strenuous activity for six weeks.
“Of course, I’m disappointed, but it’s one of those things,” said Trumbo, who arrived in Angel Stadium on Monday as his teammates were heading to the field for batting practice. “It got a little better with activity, but every game it flared up, and there would be a dull throb the rest of the game.”
Trumbo took over as the primary first baseman when Kendrys Morales failed to make it back a broken left ankle this spring. The 25-year-old emerged as a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate in the process, batting .254/.291/.477 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI and a .768 OPS over 573 plate appearances. He leads the Angels and all major league rookies in home runs and RBI.
With Morales expected to return next season, the Angels were discussing the possibility of sending Trumbo to winter ball so that he could see some time at third base and in the outfield. It seems plans for a potential position change will have to wait until spring training.
The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.
Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.
While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.