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Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Lingering quad injury 'unfortunate in a number of ways'

Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo will open the regular season on the disabled list after aggravating a quad strain in his right leg, so now his focus turns to resolving the injury entirely before returning, no matter the time it takes to completely heal.

After initially missing a week of Grapefruit League games with the injury, Trumbo returned as the team’s starting designated hitter Wednesday at home against the New York Yankees. He made it through that game, but felt tightness afterward, and an MRI the following day revealed a Grade 2 strain.

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From all the way in Sarasota, the Orioles players watched in awe as UMBC upset top-seeded Virginia, the first time a No. 16 has won a game in the NCAA tournament.

“I don’t know how surprised [I am],” Trumbo said. “It’s just unfortunate in a number of ways, but it’s kind of hard to tell exactly where you’re at until you’re going full speed and I think that was the case here.”

Trumbo said the quad wasn’t completely healed when he returned, but with spring training winding down, he hoped he could still get enough at-bats to be ready for Opening Day on March 29. Trumbo hadn’t played in a game since March 6, but after a 0-for-3 outing Wednesday, his quad regressed.

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“I wouldn’t say it felt good as it has when I’m 100 percent, but at the end of the day, with where we’re at in spring, it’s important to get the at-bats,” Trumbo said. “You’re kind of taught to fight through and get out there, and that was kind of where my mind was at. I was hoping it would hold up and be good enough to allow me to get the reps needed to perform. But when I got home that night, it simply didn’t feel — didn’t respond too well.”

While manager Buck Showalter estimated that Trumbo would return in three to four weeks, Trumbo said he’s preparing to take longer.

Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo returned for just one game after missing a week with a quad problem before the soreness returned, requiring an MRI on Thursday.

“However long it takes is what it takes, because it’s one of those things that can really nag and nag,” Trumbo said. “So we’ve got to make sure we get it right and whatever time frame that is, I’ll deal with it. ... I don’t think it’s beneficial to try to look forward to something in a short amount of time. Ideally, I’m ready to go in three weeks and contributing, but I think I need to be a little bit smarter and really make sure I’m ready to go.”

Trumbo said he hadn’t decided yet whether he will remain in Sarasota to rehabilitate or go north with the team when Grapefruit League games end next weekend to continue his recovery in Baltimore.

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