BOSTON — Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo, whose minor league rehabilitation assignment was stalled after one game earlier this week, said he could get back into games after this weekend.
Trumbo said he's still ahead of the normal timetable of recovery for a Grade 2 quadriceps muscle strain, but knew in Tuesday's game in Double-A Bowie — the first of his rehab assignment — that he wasn't quite ready for games.
"In the game the other day, it just didn't feel quite ready to cut it loose, so I indicated that to the training staff, that I think it needs a little bit more time and that's where we are now," Trumbo said. "It was a ground ball that I had to kind of get up and go, and it kind of let me know we weren't out of the woods yet totally."
Trumbo traveled with the Orioles to Boston for their four-game series at Fenway Park starting Friday and said he will continue the rehab process where he left off before Tuesday's game. He will be re-evaluated after the Red Sox series.
"We're going to keep progressing through that," Trumbo said. "This injury is more of a time-based thing. We're still ahead of the timeline that was initially established for a Grade 2 strain. We're not behind schedule, we're not ahead of schedule. It just goes at its own pace, so I think we need to give it a little more time, maybe through this road series and then we'll see where we're at and if I'm able to get back out there and play in some games. That's what we'll do and get back into action."
Trumbo said the discomfort he felt running out of the box Tuesday was mild, not nearly as painful as when he last attempted to play in a game during spring training. He played in an exhibition game on March 14 and determined he wasn't ready for games.
"No, not as severe as that, but a little bit of that deep burn that indicates to me that we need a little bit more time," Trumbo said.
Trumbo wants to ensure the injury is completely resolved before returning, and Tuesday's setback was a necessary part of that process.
"You want to make it through this as quick as you can, but there's a point where it's just not smart, it's not wise to progress too quickly and then never really get better and then fight an uphill battle," Trumbo said. "When I come back, I want to be able to contribute and I don't want to be any sort of liability either in the field or on the bases. I think the best way to do that is take a little bit more time and that's what we're going to do."