8/12/2014 7:22 P.M. ET
Hot-hitting Trumbo finally feeling healthy
By Steve DiMatteo / Special to MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- After losing much of his season to a stress fracture in his left foot, Mark Trumbo is finally feeling healthy, and it's paying off for the D-backs' slugger.
Trumbo entered Tuesday hitting .343 in August (12-for-35) with one homer and nine RBIs while reaching base in 10 straight games.
"This is the most consistent I've been hitting pitches that I can handle," Trumbo said. "Physically, probably feeling as close as I've been to healthy, too."
But first, Trumbo had to endure a rough stretch after returning from the disabled list. He hit just .167 (9-for-54) with no home runs and four RBIs from July 11-31.
"It's not a secret magic formula, it's just grinding it out. You get on a bit of a streak sometimes, you have to wear it," Trumbo said. "I wore it for quite a while after I came off the DL, so you just keep fighting and know that you have a good track record and eventually things are going to start to work out for you."
And while he has hit just one home run since his return, Trumbo stuck to the idea that the power would come around eventually.
"I cut it loose all the time. It's just a matter of getting the right spin on the ball and being in the right position to hit," Trumbo said. "I don't think my legs were underneath me as well as they could have been. Any time you have a lower body injury and you miss time, some of the leg strength is going to be sacrificed as well. But I think at this point, I've played enough games to kind of get it back."
Montero harbors no ill will toward Bauer
CLEVELAND -- D-backs catcher Miguel Montero had his on-field issues with Trevor Bauer when the pair were teammates, but that's water under the bridge to Montero now. Bauer, who was a 21-year-old rookie with Arizona in 2012, has since been traded to the Indians and is starting on Wednesday.
Montero doesn't harbor any hard feelings against his former teammate.
"Obviously, I wish him the best after tomorrow," Montero said before Tuesday's opener vs. the Tribe.
Bauer was 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in his only season with Arizona before being traded in December 2012. As Bauer's teammate at the time, Montero wanted him to succeed, but the two couldn't figure out a way to communicate.
"For some reason, I feel like he just felt like everybody was against him. That wasn't the point, we were on his team, we wanted him to be good for our team," Montero said. "He felt probably like I wasn't calling the right game for him, which probably was the case because I'm not always pointing the right fingers, but that's when the communication comes into play."
Montero understands there has to be a balance to working with young pitchers. And as long as the two sides are communicating, Montero wants pitchers to be assertive in what they want to throw.
"Sometimes it kind of bothers me, because they throw everything that I put down," Montero said. "I'm not always going to have the right answer; sometimes I just don't call the right pitch. Sometimes I like them to be confident in what they want to do."
"That kind of wasn't the case with Bauer. I feel like I was fighting with myself to put the right fingers [down] for him. It was a little tough, but it's already in the past."
Steve DiMatteo is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.