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Padres lose center fielder Cameron Maybin for 2-3 months

Mar 3, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

Cameron Maybin AP

The Padres’ sleeper status in the NL West has already taken a hit: center fielder Cameron Maybin will miss 2-3 months with a ruptured biceps tendon he suffered making a diving catch in Sunday’s game.

The injury comes after Maybin was limited to 14 games last season with wrist and knee injuries. So, the Padres are used to playing without him. Nevertheless, he is easily their best defensive center fielder and he’s had his moments offensively, too, though his chronic wrist troubles have taken away from his game there.

With Maybin out last year, the Padres divided up playing time in center between Alexi Amarista (53 starts), Will Venable (52 starts) and Chris Denorfia (36 starts), with prospect Reymond Fuentes (seven starts) getting a look in September. Fuentes is the only one from that group who can hang with Maybin defensively. Amarista has the most range, but also the weakest bat, of the veterans.

The Padres will likely now give Fuentes a chance to make the team this spring. He had been ear-marked for Triple-A after spending most of last year in Double-A and hitting .330/.413/.448 in 400 minor league at-bats. If Fuentes makes the team, he could start in center against right-handers. If not, then it could be Venable in center and Denorfia in right most of the time. The Padres also have Seth Smith and Kyle Blanks as right-field options with Venable sliding over, but an outfield that starts Carlos Quentin in left, Venable in center and either Smith or Blanks in right would be pretty brutal defensively.

  1. karlkolchak - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Ruptured biceps tendon? I didn’t even know you could DO that. Ouch!

    • philliesblow - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      You can rupture it either at the shoulder or the elbow. I did mine at the elbow and Ouch! doesn’t begin to cover it. If he needs surgery to reattach it, 2 – 3 months could be optimistic.

    • raysfan1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      I’ve treated several. It might seem counterintuitive, but a complete rupture generally hurts less than a partial tear as there is no further tension on the injured muscle once it ruptures.

      • raysfan1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        However, that’s not to say it doesn’t hurt–didn’t mean to sound like I was diminishing it. Post-op rehab is likely to be 2-3 months, being able to hit and throw as well as he did before the injury will likely take longer.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      It’s really more of an NFL injury – comes up more often when you’re dealing with guys who have biceps the size of my head.

  2. xpensivewinos - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    This guy makes Franklin Gutierrez look like Lou Gehrig.

    • ptfu - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      I really don’t like Alexi Amarista’s CF defense, and his bat certainly doesn’t make up for it. Amarista’s much better as a utility infielder and he’ll be needed there. Let Venable/Fuentes play CF, with Denorfia/Smith/Blanks in RF (and LF when Quentin inevitably gets dinged up). Bring on the brutal outfield!

      • ptfu - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Dang, responded to the wrong post. Need more coffee and an edit function.

  3. kinggator - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Padres Fever – Catch It! (then return in 2-3 months) At least the weather is nice in SD.

  4. mccontrary - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    With a career BA of .248 and OPS of .681, he will not be missed.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      The Padres’ team OPS was .686 last year, and Maybin is probably the best defender, relative to position, on the roster.

      He’ll be missed.

      • gloccamorra - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        True, he’s better than Venable in center, but Venable isn’t terrible, just not as good. Anyway, the Padres sleeper status is based on the pitching. The hitting hopes are more vested in Headley, Alonso, Cabrera, and Grandal than Maybin.

  5. 13yrsmlbvet - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Another Padre injury? Shocker.

  6. yahmule - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    John Elway ruptured the biceps tendon in his throwing arm in an exhibition game in Mexico City in 1997. He played the entire season and the next one, including both Super Bowls, before getting surgery to correct the injury.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Good for John Elway.

      • yahmule - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Yes, it was. Now wipe your nose.

  7. mt10425 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Please, someone trade for maybe(in) and his enormous upside. We’ll take a coach or ballboy for him.

  8. itswhereyourmindsat - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    He slammed hard on that catch. Bummer for my pads

  9. Old Gator - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    When Eduardo Ciannelli jumped into the cobra pit near the end of Gunga Din, he was less badly snakebit that Cameron Maybin. The guy can’t catch a break. Er, rupture. Er….

  10. gloccamorra - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    I’m thinking jilted owner-to-be Jeff Moorad put a hex on the Padres. He was probably aiming at Bud Selig, but hit Bud Black by mistake.

  11. chargrz - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    No big loss as Maybin is lousy and always has an owie! Horrible trade and signing by the Minor League Padres. Too bad they have never had a real owner.

    • Old Gator - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      Which, of course, explains where they got him from. Surreal owners have a certain fraternitas, don’t they?

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