D-backs banking on comebacks from key players

Unable to get on track in '14, Trumbo aims to return to slugging form

D-backs banking on comebacks from key players

When you have the worst record in baseball and a host of injuries, chances are good that you'll have a host of players looking to rebound after 2014.

Such is the case with the D-backs, who had 15 players spend time on the disabled list totaling 1,417 days, second most in the Major Leagues behind the Rangers.

With pitchers and catchers set to report to Salt River Fields in just more than a week, here's a look at some of the players the D-backs are counting on to rebound in 2015:

2B Aaron Hill: Hill battled nagging injuries throughout last year and watched his numbers drop off from a solid 2013. With two years and $24 million left on his contract, the D-backs could sure use a productive Hill at second base.

RHP Brad Ziegler: Ziegler, who has been a key member of the bullpen over the past three-plus seasons, underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last September.

SS Chris Owings: After winning the starting shortstop job out of Spring Training, Owings played well before injuring his left shoulder in late June. He missed two months and eventually needed offseason surgery. He'll be brought along slowly this spring, but the team is counting on him to be ready for Opening Day.

RHP Trevor Cahill: Cahill's 2014 saw him demoted all the way to Class A to work on his mechanics. In the final year of his contract, he could boost the D-backs' rotation if he can somehow find a way to recapture his past success.

RHP David Hernandez Counted on to be their top setup man, Hernandez suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament and underwent Tommy John surgery. He is expected back sometime early in the season and would be a welcome addition to the bullpen.

OF Mark Trumbo: Trumbo was never able to get on track in 2014 after foot issues that started in Spring Training. The team is counting on him to be healthy and produce the kind of power it was looking for when he was acquired from the Angels.

Outlook: Trumbo, OF, ARI

LHP Patrick Corbin: Corbin was set to be the Opening Day starter before tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in his final spring tuneup. He is not expected back until June.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson: The D-backs acquired him from the Rays in November and are banking on the fact that he can be more like the pitcher he was in Tampa Bay from 2010-12 rather than the 2013-14 version.

OF Cody Ross: Ross suffered a horrific dislocation and fracture of his hip in 2013 and did not seem fully recovered in 2014. Able to train for an entire offseason should help him be ready for 2015.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.