Tigers' Maybin still out with jammed thumb

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit — Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin continues to sit out nursing the latest injury in a season full of them.

Saturday's game against the New York Mets will mark the third straight game Maybin was out of the lineup, this time with a left-thumb injury.

X-rays came back negative after Maybin jammed the glove-side thumb trying to make a diving catch in Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

He was having such a hard time gripping the bat later in the game, he bunted against White Sox lefty Chris Sale, clearly not comfortable doing much more - after grimacing on a foul ball on the previous pitch.

Manager Brad Ausmus said before Saturday's game there was nothing new to report on Maybin, who told MLB.com there's still some swelling. He had the left hand taped up before Saturday's game, and a cushioned thumb donut on his hand when he grabbed a bat for early batting practice.

Tyler Collins was to start in center field and bat in Maybin's No. 2 hole.

The entire lineup was: Ian Kinsler, 2B; Collins, CF; Miguel Cabrera, 1B; Victor Martinez, DH; J.D. Martinez, RF; Nick Castellanos, 3B; Justin Upton, LF; Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C; Jose Iglesias, SS. Lefty Matt Boyd was to get the start.

Maybin also dealt with wrist and shoulder injuries earlier this season.

Around the horn

Don't call the newspaper office to ask why Tigers is misspelled on the home jerseys Saturday (those calls happen once a year, and in volume, if you can believe it). Saturday was the Tigers' annual "Fiesta Tigres" celebration.

... Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson held a Grand Kids Youth baseball camp Saturday morning in Detroit; it was his first in Detroit since being traded by the Tigers.

... The Tigers announced Saturday that the game Monday, Aug. 15, against the Royals will be simulcast on ESPN and Fox Sports Detroit. It's at 7:10 p.m.

Mets at Tigers

First pitch: 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: FSD/97.1

Scouting report

RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-11, 6.26), Tigers: Another start for the struggling veteran, who finally turned in a quality start last time out -— and got a rare win.

RHP Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.41), Mets: Coming off his latest impressive start, tossing seven shutout innings (four hits) in beating the New York Yankees.