PHOENIX — Mark Trumbo’s recent power surge all but demanded action, and the Diamondbacks took it Friday, activating Trumbo from the disabled list in time for the final series before the All-Star break at San Francisco this weekend.
Trumbo had five home runs in seven rehab games, including three in his three games at Triple-A Reno on Monday through Wednesday, accelerating his return. The D-backs originally wanted to keep Trumbo on his rehab assignment through the All-Star break that ends next Friday to keep him active, but his big numbers apparently were enough to convince the team otherwise.
Trumbo was to hit fifth against the Giants on Friday, behind Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero. Aaron Hill started in the leadoff spot for the 10th time in his 10-year major league career. David Peralta hit second and started in center field, bumping Ender Inciarte out of the starting lineup.
Peralta has been the primary left fielder since his promotion June 1, and he is hitting .325 with three homers and 16 RBI in 34 games. He set a franchise record with 40 hits in his first 32 games. Since Peralta can play center, Trumbo’s return is most likely to affect Inciarte, who is hitting .231 and has been the primary center fielder since A.J. Pollock suffered a broken fourth right metacarpal June 1. Pollock is expected to return in early- to mid-August.
Trumbo, out since April 24 with a stress fracture in his right foot, had seven home runs and 19 RBI in 21 games before going on the disabled list. He was hitting .210 with a .741 OPS. He had two homers in four rehab games with the D-backs’ entry in the rookie Arizona League before moving to Reno. He was 11-for-24 with 12 RBI in seven rehab games.
The D-backs optioned outfielder Roger Kieschnick to Triple-A Reno to make room for Trumbo. Kieschnick hit .207 in 19 games, mostly as a pinch-hitter.