Tigers' Cameron Maybin set to return Friday

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Cameron Maybin

Detroit -- Cameron Maybin was out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive day Wednesday, but that should be it.

The Tigers center fielder got a shot on his aching left wrist Monday, and, after Thursday's off-day, he's scheduled to play again Friday in the series opener against the Yankees in New York.

The left wrist is the wrist he hurt early in spring training, when he was hit by a pitch. That's the injury that had him starting on the season on the disabled list.

"Every once in a while I'd take a swing on a certain pitch," Maybin said. "It's like a stinger.

"It's better to take care of it now than let it get worse."

Maybin has proved to be a sparkplug for the Tigers, batting .419/.482/.486 in the 21 games since rejoining the team last month.

Without him starting Tuesday and Wednesday, the Tigers offense was held to three and two runs, including Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Maybin did pinch-run for Miguel Cabrera late in Tuesday's come-from-behind victory over the Blue Jays, and said he could've batted had his turn come up in the 10th. Ian Kinsler won it on a walk-off before that scenario played out.

"I probably would've been swinging," Maybin said, with a smile. "I'm always ready to hit."

Manager Brad Ausmus said he gave Maybin the day off Wednesday, too, so that he'll essentially get three full days off, before playing again Friday night.

Justin Upton started in center field Wednesday, and had no issues on defense, even though the Tigers would prefer to limit his center-field cameos to ballparks that are significantly less spacious than Comerica Park.

In Maybin's absence, Ausmus used Andrew Romine at the second spot in the lineup Tuesday and Mike Aviles on Wednesday, rather than moving everyone else up. Aviles had two hits Wednesday.

"Other guys," said Ausmus, in explaining that lineup decision, "have been hitting pretty well where they were."