San Diego Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin is inching closer to a return to the active roster. The right-handed batter has been on the 15-day disabled list after he injured his right wrist in a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 15.
Maybin hit in the batting cage for the first time on Thursday since suffering the wrist injury. It is obviously a huge step in the recovery process, as the six-year player gets closer to a hopeful return at the end of the month.
“I’m excited,” Maybin said, according to Padres.com. “It’s tough watching, but it’s also been great watching how great the team has been playing. I’m eager to get back in the mix.”
The 26-year-old exceeded expectations in the batting cage, as he did not feel any soreness in his wrist while taking full swings. For that reason alone, San Diego is hopeful that Maybin is further along than initially anticipated. With that being said, the Padres do not intend to move up his activation from the disabled list any sooner.
Maybin got off to the worst start of his career this season when he posted a .091 batting average, one RBI and five strikeouts in 33 at-bats. Only three hits in 10 games is not what the team hand in mind for their center fielder, but there is hope that he will be able to turn things around once he returns.
However, current starting center fielder Will Venable is performing at a high level in Maybin’s place. The 30-year-old is batting .240 with a team-high five home runs, 15 RBI, three doubles, one triple, 11 walks and 15 runs in 104 at-bats. There is no question Venable has earned the starting job, which begs the question what will Maybin’s fate be once he is back on the 25-man roster.