Chalk it up to another lost season for the Cameron Maybin, I suppose.
Just days after coming back from a wrist injury that cost the San Diego Padres center fielder more than a month of action, he’ll once again be on the shelf for at least that long thanks to a new, even worse-sounding injury:
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) June 12, 2013
The said PCL tear occurred on Sunday as Maybin attempted a diving catch at at Coors Field in left-center, his knees crashing into the warning track after he’d just missed the ball. He actually stayed in game and the team did not know the extent of the injury at the time, though he hasn’t been in the lineup since for obvious reasons.
Considering that the center fielder has posted a meager .157/.232/.235 triple-slash through 57 PA thus far in 2013, this significant setback in his attempt to salvage his season could not have come at a worse time.
The 26-year-old might have been well on his way to regaining some of the form from his eye-opening 4.2 fWAR season in 2012, hitting in three out of the four times he’s played with at least a run scored in each, and nabbing four stolen bases out of five attempts.
In fact, he’d just crushed his first home run of the year in the game on Sunday prior to getting injure in the eighth inning — talk about getting a bad break.
That said, the Padres should be just fine (well, as fine as five games back from the division lead in the NL West in fourth place can be) in dealing with the youngster’s absence through the All-Star Break and into August. They’d done it all season long and if anything, this will give the team more room to keep Kyle Blanks‘ hot bat in the lineup.
For Maybin, however, that expectant breakout will have to wait another year, because the injury will all but leave him with only about two months worth of at-bats through the rest of the season — if that.