The season’s first significant injury belongs to Mariners third baseman Carlos Triunfel, who suffered a left leg injury on Friday night while sliding into second base in Double-A West Tenn’s game at Montgomery.
The 19-year-old Dominican, who played in the Arizona Fall League last October and November, will be evaluated by team doctors either Monday or Tuesday in Seattle, said farm director Pedro Grifol.
The Mariners will then know the likely length of Triunfel’s absence and the extent of his injury, likely a broken fibula.
"It’s unfortunate because he was comfortable, he was playing well and he was playing hard according to our coaches," Grifol said Sunday afternoon. "But he’s young. It’s just a bump in the road, and he’s got to get through it."
The injury came as Triunfel tried to break up a double play in the fourth inning of West Tenn’s 10-1 win. He had hit an RBI double in the first inning and a linedrive single to left in the fourth.
Apparently Triunfel’s cleat got caught in the dirt, according this report by the Montgomery Advertiser.
"He’s really disappointed. But he’s in good spirits," Grifol said. "He’s a hard worker so whatever comes his way, he’s going to overcome it."
The injury led to roster moves, with infielder Erick Monzon, 27, being added to West Tenn. The club will use utilityman Oswaldo Navarro and is expected to activate infielder Ronnie Prettyman from the disabled list in a few days.
Regardless of when Triunfel returns, Grifol already is thinking ahead, with possible plans to send Triunfel to the Arizona Fall League and possibly a winter league assignment as well.
He was expected to play third, short and second this season, continuing a plan that the Mariners started last year in the Arizona Fall League. Last season at high Class A High Desert, Triunfel hit .287.336/.406 with eight home runs and 20 doubles, with 49 RBIs, in 436 at-bats.