Lakeland, Fla. – Cameron Maybin was passing out cigars to his teammates Monday morning.
“Cuban?” he was asked.
“You tell me; I don’t smoke ’em, I’m just handing them out,” he said.
The cigars were in celebration of the healthy birth of his third child and first daughter, Layla Monet.
The soft cast on his left wrist was a reminder of why Maybin has yet to patrol center field for the Tigers this spring. The wrist was fractured by a 95-mph fastball from Yankees Luis Severino in Maybin’s first at-bat.
Other than the cast, though, you’d hardly know he was injured -- especially when you see him walking around with a bat in his hand.
“Yeah, I swing it with one hand,” he said. “That’s why God gave you two, in case you break one.”
He was only half-kidding. Since rejoining the club, he has been a whirlwind of motion and activity. He’s been maintaining his conditioning and workout schedule. He’s shagging fly balls wearing a glove on his right hand (normally his throwing hand) and he’s been doing base running drills.
“There’s no point in sitting around being bummed,” he said. “Just get as much work in as you can. My whole thing is, make sure I stay as close to the pack as I can until I can get two hands on that bat.
“I’m telling people, when I’m ready, I’ll be good and ready.”
Maybin had a second MRI on the hairline fracture last week and the healing has been slow. He hasn’t been cleared for full baseball activities and will be re-examined later this week.
The club isn’t expecting him to be ready to start the season.
Asked if it was frustrating, he said, “Nah. Maybe it is for y’all, but for me, I really believe it is what you make it. … My mindset is to keep working. It’s not time to stop working just because you can’t play. I’m going to keep my body in game shape as much as I can so when the MRI says it’s not fractured anymore, I’ll be off and running.”
In the meantime, Tyler Collins and Wynton Bernard continue to get the bulk of the playing time behind starting center fielder Anthony Gose. Super utility player Andrew Romine is also expected to get some reps in center field soon.