Maybin day to day with left thumb sprain

Maybin day to day with left thumb sprain

DETROIT -- Cameron Maybin might have been held out of Thursday's lineup as a day off, regardless of his health, after playing all nine innings on Wednesday night. A left thumb sprain, however, put a little more gravity on the decision.

Maybin, who appeared to sustain the injury diving at Todd Frazier's second-inning double, stayed in the game before undergoing tests afterwards.

"They did an X-ray and an ultrasound. There was no tissue damage," manager Brad Ausmus said on Thursday morning. "It's just a sprain, a mild sprain. It's day to day."

Maybin has battled a sore left wrist from time to time since a Luis Severino pitch fractured it early in Spring Training. He missed a few days with a strained back a couple weeks ago.

Maybin injured by HBP

If the thumb injury lingers, it could have an impact on the Tigers' roster. Ausmus employed an eight-man bullpen for most of the last two months until Detroit optioned Dustin Molleken to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Jordan Zimmermann's return from the disabled list on Thursday. That allowed the Tigers to keep Tyler Collins after activating J.D. Martinez from the DL.

Collins, who can play all three outfield positions, started in center field with Maybin out on Thursday. Without him, super-utility player Andrew Romine would be the backup center fielder.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.