Triunfel to have broken fibula examined

Triunfel to have broken fibula examined

OAKLAND -- Mariners prospect Carlos Triunfel, who broke his left fibula while sliding into second base on Friday night in Montgomery, Ala., will be examined by Mariners medical director Ed Khalfayan in Seattle.

"We don't know the extent of the injury, whether or not he would need surgery," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said prior to Saturday afternoon's game against the Athletics. "Hopefully, he doesn't, but it could be six to eight weeks."

The 19-year-old infielder from the Dominican Republic, playing in his second game with the Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx against Montgomery, was injured trying to break up a double play.

He was taken to a hospital by ambulance and listed in good condition on Saturday.

"It's unfortunate," Wakamatsu said, "but it's early in the season. He could come back and get quite a bit of playing time this season. He's a tremendous talent and really impressed me during Spring Training."

Though not invited to the big league camp, Triunfel went 4-for-15 (.267) during Cactus League games with one double and one RBI.

Signed by the Mariners in 2006 as a non-drafted player, Triunfel was the youngest player in the Arizona Fall League last year. He played for Class A High Desert (California League) last season, batting .287 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs.

Jim Street is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.