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Cameron Maybin will not have surgery on ruptured biceps tendon

Mar 6, 2014, 10:20 PM EST

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It was originally thought that Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin would be lost for 2-3 months after he suffered a torn left biceps tendon while making a diving catch Sunday, but there’s a chance he could be back sooner.

According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said that Maybin opted against surgery after seeing team doctors today. As a result, it’s now possible that he could return sooner than two months.

“Our doctors saw his diagnostics and talked to Cam and decided [recovery] will be healing and the rehab route before we get him back to activity.

“But the strong consensus was no surgery.”

Byrnes said it’s still too soon to know a timeline for Maybin’s return, though it could be as soon as four to six weeks, he said.

Excellent news for someone who was limited to just 14 games last season due to wrist and knee injuries.

The Padres will likely give Will Venable most of the playing time in center field with Maybin sidelined, though Alexi Amarista and Reymond Fuentes could also figure in. Seth Smith, Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin, and Kyle Blanks figure to handle the corner outfield spots.

  1. ch0psuey - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Possibility of Tommy Medica in the corner outfield spots as well as he is ripping it up in ST.

  2. ggallin4evr - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Luis Medina could play too

  3. ptfu - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    I hope it’s the right decision. I don’t want him back early only to struggle from not really being healed, and THEN opt for surgery a few months down the road. I feel like plenty of athletes make this mistake, and I hope Maybin’s situation is different.

  4. gloccamorra - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Well, he’s still likely to be out for 2-3 months. The healing process is supposed to run 4-6 weeks, and he’ll need to rehab another 2-4 weeks, then hit the minors to get back in playing shape, another couple weeks. The earliest he’ll return in the beginning of May, missing the rest of Spring Training and the first month. Worst case, he might not be back until mid-June. Venable will probably be the regular in center until then, with Denorfia filling in. Amarista may not see any time in the outfield, and might not even make the club.

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