Fredi expects Braves center fielder back for finale
By Barry M. Bloom
PHOENIX -- Braves center fielder Cameron Maybin was held out Tuesday night against the D-backs at Chase Field for the second consecutive game because of a tweak where the quad meets the groin on the left side of his lower body.
The move was purely for precautionary reasons, said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who added that he expected Maybin to be back in the lineup Wednesday when the teams conclude the three-game series.
"He came in today and we actually sat in my office and he said after treatment he felt pretty good," Gonzalez said about Maybin. "But I still wanted to give him another day. If he continues to improve like he did from treatment this morning, I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be back in there [Wednesday]."
Maybin, who was often injured during his years with the Padres, had played in 43 games and started 17 in a row in center before sitting out Monday night's 8-1 Braves win. He's batting .256 with two homers and 22 RBIs and already has 152 plate appearances. He hasn't had 500 plate appearances (561) since 2012.
Because of a variety of injuries, the 28-year-old Maybin had played in only 109 games for the Padres during the past two seasons, including 14 in 2013 and 95 last season when he hit just .235 with a homer and 15 RBIs. Last season, he also had a .290 on-base percentage and .621 OPS.
The Braves acquired Maybin this past April 5 in the deal that sent closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. to the Padres. Kimbrel has 12 saves for San Diego and Upton is rehabbing a foot injury in the Minor Leagues.
When asked about the current injury Tuesday, Maybin said: "I'm fine."
When told that it was reported he had a groin problem, he responded, "I don't."