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.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.