Cameron Maybin's injured thumb not getting better
Seattle — Cameron Maybin took batting practice before the game Monday.
It didn’t go well.
“I could still move the ball pretty well; I could still hit,” he said. “But hitting in BP is not the same as in the game and I was feeling some pain today. I was going to try and play through it, but I just don't think I can. As bad as I want to.”
Maybin, who missed his fifth straight game with a left thumb injury, is scheduled to have a second round of tests Tuesday morning — including a CT scan. He said the pain was in two places — up by the knuckle joint and down at the base between thumb and forefinger.
“There’s not much you can do about it,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “Take another picture and see if there was anything missing from the first round of tests.”
The first round of tests including only an X-ray.
“Like I said, I'm annoyed,” Maybin said. “I'm having a good year. I'm playing good. It's just sometimes it happens. When you play hard things pop up. That's the only thing I'm OK with -- all the stuff happened on the field.
“I just kind of have to keep going and be there for my guys when they're out there.”
Tyler Collins got the start in center field Monday. Ausmus said he and general manager Al Avila have not talked about contingencies in the event Maybin has to be out for an extended period of time.
“Right now, Collins is the piece that’s dealing with it,” Ausmus said. “I haven’t discussed it with Al. We’re working on the assumption it’ll just be a few days.”
Maybin (thumb), Nick Castellanos (hand), Jordan Zimmermann (neck), Mike Pelfrey (back) — just as the Tigers are playing their best baseball of the season, several key players are suddenly hurt and unavailable.
But don’t think the Tigers are moping around the clubhouse and cursing their luck. They are not.
“You do that and you allow negative energy into your thought process,” Ian Kinsler said. “And then when things start going wrong you start blaming other things that happen, as opposed to looking at yourself.
“There’s no reason to dwell on injuries. There’s no reason to dwell on what-ifs. We have who we have to play and we’re going to win the games we have to win with the players we have to put on the field.”
Ausmus scoffed at the notion of a disruption, as well.
“It’s only disrupting when you ask about it,” he said. “I don’t really concern myself with it. We’ve dealt with this before. They’re not here. They can’t play. I don’t concern myself with those guys. Simple as that.”
Sounds cold, but it’s pragmatic.
“There are too many games still to play,” Kinsler said. “When you start letting negative thoughts creep in, then you start blaming things that are out of your control — and then you have a problem.”
Injuries to Zimmermann and Pelfrey provided another opportunity for left-hander Daniel Norris, who will start against the Mariners Tuesday. His oblique strain is a thing of the past and he’s coming off one of his most impressive starts of the season — allowing a run and striking out seven in seven innings with Toledo.
“I just had my good stuff,” he said. “I felt comfortable on the mound. I didn't throw anything with reservations. I was pretty locked in, physically and mentally. I had my good stuff and just attacked it. That was about it.
“It was good to feel good, and not have to hinder something because of (an injury). Everything clicked pretty well.”
Norris will face a Mariners lineup that has hit an American League-best 57 home runs off left-handed pitching.
“I just got to pitch my game, trust my stuff and attack the zone,” Norris said. “That's when I have my success, and that's my main focus going into it. I think I can handle them both (left- and right-handed hitters) equally. I just have to execute pitches.”
Around the horn
As expected, Bruce Rondon was not with the club in Seattle. He was placed on paternity leave. Norris was recalled.
…Pelfrey did not make the trip.
Tigers at Mariners
First pitch: 10:10 Tuesday, Safeco Field, Seattle
LHP Daniel Norris (1-0, 4.85), Tigers: This will be his first big league start since July 4, when he strained his right oblique. He pitched a gem for Triple A Toledo in his last start, allowing one run and striking out seven in seven innings. The Mariners lead the American League with 57 home runs off left-handed pitching. But it’s feast or famine — their .248 batting average vs. lefties ranks 13th.
LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 4.31), Mariners: The 31-year-old veteran spent last season playing in Japan. He’s been somewhat of a good-luck charm for the M’s. They are 5-1 in his seven outings. He’s the ultimate soft-tosser — throwing mostly a 78 mph change (opponents’ average .205), 84 mph cutter (.258) and an 87 mph sinker (.216).