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Mike Stanton is struggling for Marlins, but Cameron Maybin is injured at Triple-A

Jul 5, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

Sent back to Triple-A last month following Mike Stanton’s arrival, Cameron Maybin took the demotion in stride by going 10-for-28 (.357) with five walks and two steals in his first eight games.
Unfortunately he hasn’t played since last Thursday because of a left shoulder injury that landed Maybin on the Triple-A disabled list and has him headed to Miami to be examined by team doctors.
Maybin had surgery on the same shoulder in November and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that it “has bothered him a for most of the season.” Maybin hit just .225/.290/.341 with an ugly 56/14 K/BB ratio in 51 games before being sent down.
Stanton has actually been even worse by hitting .207/.258/.317 with a 35/6 K/BB ratio in 21 games–including 10-for-63 (.159) with 28 strikeouts since a good first week–and manager Edwin Rodriguez said the 20-year-old slugger “is rushing too much” and “putting pressure on himself” while “missing pitches we all know he should be hitting.”
High strikeout rates were the red flags for Stanton while he destroyed minor-league pitching, so “missing pitches” could be a long-term issue and certainly figured to be a struggle after rushing him to the majors at age 20. However, even if Maybin didn’t have the shoulder problems it’s unclear if the Marlins would consider reversing the switch.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 5, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Oh, just great – another dumb exercise in jock machismo with potential long-term negative consequences for said dumb jock’s career. That’s what happens when you’re caught between conflicting codes: you don’t want to be accused of dogging it or being wussy, but on the other hand you don’t want them barking that it was selfish and irresponsible of you to play impaired without pulling the brake cord at some point.
    .
    In MLB, there’s no point in looking for a logical process to sort out such a conundrum, especially one as generously lubricated with testosterone. However, an old pal of mine, Anton Chigurh, has come up with a pretty effective way of deciding which way to go when this particular Catch-22 o’ershadows your baseball career. It’s simple, clean, and foolproof. Call it, Friendo…..

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