Trumbo nearing return to Baltimore
Veteran slugger Mark Trumbo could be nearing a return to Baltimore’s lineup following rehab assignments in Bowie and Norfolk.
Trumbo was on the 60-day injured list following knee surgery last September.
The 33-year-old first baseman returned to Double-A minor league action with the Bowie Baysox May 28 against the Akron RubberDucks. Trumbo played three games in Bowie, making contact for three hits off 13 at-bats.
Trumbo first hit the field at Harbor Park for Triple-A Norfolk June 4 and has remained with the Tides ever since. As he begins to get back into a rhythm at the plate, Trumbo has gone 3–12 with two RBI and one home run.
The two-time All-Star could return to Camden Yards as early as next week, depending on his performance in Norfolk. According to the Norfolk Tides’ Twitter, Trumbo is expected to at least play through the homestand against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre that ends June 13.
Last season, Trumbo played 90 games for the Orioles and hit .261 with 44 RBI and 17 home runs. The California native is three seasons removed from a legendary 2016 season, in which he crushed 47 home runs for the Birds.
Trumbo could have an interesting role amongst a rebuilding Orioles squad that is mostly comprised of young talent. A potential trade once fully healthy could be in the future for Trumbo, as his long-term role with the O’s could be in question.
Regardless of his future with the team, Trumbo will provide Baltimore with a major boost in hitting once he returns to Camden Yards this season.