Cameron Maybin entered 2014 Spring Training full of optimism. He had only played in 14 games the year prior, he had just hit his first home run of the spring and he was looking forward to contributing to a potentially contentious Padres’ team.
Then, as Juan Uribe clocked a pitch that would have meant extra bases, Maybin made a spectacular diving catch, but then felt something that caused him to be pulled from the game one batter later.
It was later reported that the unlucky center fielder had suffered a ruptured biceps tendon, an injury that, according to Padres dugout reporter Kris Budden, would sideline him for 2-3 months. Now, as MLB.com’s Corey Brock reports, Maybin and the Padres will not opt for a surgical procedure. Brock says that the timeline now changes and that Maybin could be back with the Major League team in less than the originally projected two months.
Maybin’s return, if he can come back healthy, could be big as far as depth and stability in the organization goes. The Padres would be okay with having Will Venable man center field again, although they may plan on using him elsewhere in the outfield.
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