Mark Trumbo is “extremely pleased” with foot rehab

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Mark Trumbo is four weeks into what was expected to be a six-week recovery from a stress fracture in his left foot and the Diamondbacks left fielder told Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic that it’s shown “significant healing” and “I’m extremely pleased with it.”

Buchanan reports that the Diamondbacks still plan to take things cautiously with Trumbo’s recovery and probably won’t let him resume baseball activities for another week. Presumably a minor-league rehab stint will follow, so he’s likely still at least 2-3 weeks away from coming off the disabled list.

Trumbo, who was acquired from the Angels this offseason, got off to a slow start before the injury by hitting .210 with 22 strikeouts in 21 games and making some ugly plays defensively in the outfield. He did, however, smack seven homers and post a .771 OPS that’s actually above his career mark of .768.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.