Maybin returns against Rockies

Maybin returns against Rockies

Maybin returns against Rockies
DENVER -- The Padres made a number of roster moves on Monday, which featured the return of center fielder Cameron Maybin.

In addition to reinstating Maybin from the 15-day disabled list, the Padres selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass from Double-A San Antonio, and the 23-year-old made his first Major League start to open a three-game series against the Rockies.

In corresponding moves, the Padres placed right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang (right foot contusion) on the DL, retroactive to June 10, and optioned catcher Kyle Phillips to Triple-A Tucson. To make room on the 40-man roster for Bass, San Diego also designated left-handed pitcher Aaron Poreda for assignment.

Maybin, who hadn't played since May 27 while suffering through right knee inflammation, went 2-for-10 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base in three rehab starts for Triple-A Tucson.

"I'm looking forward to [playing]," said Maybin, who started in center field and batted eighth in his return on Monday. "It's been about two weeks too long. I'm looking forward to running around, man, and just being a part of the mix."

Maybin began feeling discomfort in his knee during the Padres' last trip to Colorado from May 13-15, which was, coincidentally, one of his best offensive series of the season. Maybin hit .500 (6-for-12) with two home runs and three RBIs as the Padres took two of three from the Rockies.

"It's cool, but that's in the past," Maybin said. "They've got a good guy on the mound for them tonight [in right-hander Aaron Cook], so I've just got to try to come out and contribute. That's the biggest goal. It should be fun."

Maybin said he felt no pain in his knee during the rehab assignment and doesn't expect to limited in his return.

"I can play as hard as I need to," he said.