Maybin optimistic about starting season on time

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Cameron Maybin

Lakeland, Fla. -- Thursday morning, the day he was scheduled for a CT scan on his left wrist, Cameron Maybin was walking around the clubhouse twirling a bat -- no wrap, no brace, no tape. He told manager Brad Ausmus that he didn’t think it was anything more than a bruise.

Needless to say, the results of the scan -- non-displaced hairline fracture -- were startling to him.

“Yeah, because I still had all the strength, pretty much had all the range of motion, so we all were kind of surprised,” said Maybin, speaking to a group of reporters Sunday morning. “I want to say I'd like to think positive. I feel like it'll be a pretty quick healing process.”

The doctors are putting a four-to-six week timeframe on Maybin’s recovery. Maybin is more optimistic.

“I don't know what that means,” he said. “They could say 12 weeks and I could feel ready in three. I'm one of those guys where there's a difference in being injured and hurt. I can play through hurt. I can play through sore, too. It is what it is.”

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Maybin was injured Wednesday in his first at-bat against the Yankees in Tampa. He was hit by a 95-mph fastball from Luis Severino.

“Guys throw hard,” Maybin said. “There's a lot of guys in the upper 90s nowadays, so it's always dangerous when you get that up around the hands, around your shoulders. We're all trying to get comfortable. I don't have any hard feelings. It happens.”

It’s been a hard-luck spring for him, though. He came to camp with a sore shoulder, injured when he slipped on a patch of black ice on his porch in Asheville, N.C. Then he got hit in the wrist in his first at-bat.

“To be honest, it happened, and I didn't really look back,” he said. “The only thing I thought about was getting ready. It just puts a little bit more drive, a little bit more fire under me. I haven't really dwelled on it at all. It happened, and now I'm moving forward.”

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The goal, Maybin said, is to be ready for the season opener, April 5 at Miami.

“Again, I'd like to be positive,” he said. “I've always been a pretty quick healer. I've always been pretty good at bouncing back pretty quick. But again, I don't want to rush back and make it worse.

“I feel pretty good about the injury, about how it happened. It was a rare break, only one bone, having a hairline fracture was good. So I'm pretty optimistic about the healing process.”

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