Saturday, April 11, 2009

Triunfel possibly out for season with broken leg

Diamond Jaxx shortstop Carlos Triunfel could be finished for the season after breaking his left leg Friday.

Triunfel, who broke his left fibula, will fly to Seattle on Sunday so doctors there can examine him. If surgery is needed, he's finished for the season. If not, he'll miss two months.

"It's very unfortunate that this setback happened for Carlos," Jaxx manager Phil Plantier said. "He's at a time in his career when he was ready to take a lot of positive steps forward. Hopefully, he'll go to Seattle and doctors will get him going in a positive direction."

Triunfel was sliding into second to try to break up a double play Friday when he was injured. His left cleat caught in the ground, Plantier said, "and his body kept going toward the base. Something had to give."

Triunfel was one of the youngest players in the Southern League. The 19-year-old is one of the top prospects in the Mariners' organization and in his third professional season.

"Prior to this injury, I couldn't have been happier with his work ethic, his attitude and his commitment toward getting himself better," Plantier said. "He was doing everything right on and off the field and was showing a lot of maturity for a 19-year-old kid."

Erick Monzon will replace Triunfel on West Tenn's roster and will be activated for today's regularly scheduled game.

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