San Diego Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin is hopeful that he will be able to finally begin his rehabilitation assignment in the minors on Friday. However, the right-handed batter will only begin that assignment if he has no setbacks swinging the bat in the cages over the next few days.
The 26-year-old suffered a right wrist injury when he made a catch in a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 15. Maybe was placed on the 15-day disabled list two days later and has missed 29 straight games since then. However, if he can successfully hit in the batting cages Tuesday and Wednesday then he will be that much closer to returning to the active roster.
“You can expect if Cam has a good three days, baseball activities, hitting in the cage and on the field, you could expect to see him go out Friday,” Padres manager Bud Black said, according to Padres.com. “We feel confident where Cam is.”
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. The dismal performance plus the emergence of Will Venable does not bode well for Maybin getting his starting job back.
Venable is batting .238 with a team-high seven home runs, 18 RBI, four doubles, one triple, eight stolen bases and 17 runs in 122 at-bats this season. He has completely dominated in the outfield as he has yet to record an error in 69 total chances.
Even though the Padres are looking forward to seeing Maybin return to the 25-man roster, it is certainly going to take a lot to convince the team that he deserves to be the starter once again.