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Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Cameron Maybin is checked by trainer Kevin Rand after getting hit in the first inning against the Yankees.

Tampa, Fla. — Cameron Maybin may need to wear garlic around his neck to ward off whatever bad juju is stalking him.

He finally played a full season (141 games) last year after missing 215 games between 2013 and 2014. He was healthy all offseason, too, until two days before he was to leave for spring training.

Then he slipped on a patch of black ice on his porch in Asheville, N.C., while holding his young son, and fell on his right shoulder.

He was the Tigers designated hitter in the split-squad game here Wednesday because he’s been on a restricted throwing program.

So what happens in his first at-bat?

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He gets plunked on the left wrist by a 95 mph fastball from Yankees starter Luis Severino.

“He’s going to be sore,” said Omar Vizquel, the acting manager who took Maybin out of the game.

“I took him out for prevention, mostly,” Vizquel said.

The Tigers called it a contusion and Vizquel said Maybin had full range of motion in the wrist. No X-rays were taken. It will be looked at again Thursday.

Still, this isn’t the kind of start to a season Maybin envisioned. 

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