Maybin, who has had issues with his right wrist over the last two seasons, aggravated it when he made a difficult catch in Monday's victory over the Dodgers. He was scheduled to be in the lineup on Tuesday, but was scratched.
San Diego manager Bud Black said that Maybin saw a specialist in San Diego on Wednesday and it was determined that he would be fitted for a splint to help hold his wrist in place.
"He had a workup done, and his wrist is extremely sore and they think there's some bone bruising. It had been bothering him off and on," Black said. "He just needs to let it calm down."
Black said Maybin, who is is hitting .091 in 33 at-bats this season, could be in a splint for a week and that he might need longer than 15 days on the DL.
Black said the Padres -- who are using a 24-man roster until April 23 while outfielder Carlos Quentin serves his eight-game suspension -- will fill center field with Chris Denorfia, Will Venable and even Alexi Amarista. On Wednesday, Denorfia got the start against Dodgers left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Maybin has had trouble with the wrist the last two seasons and again in Spring Training, though he has never had to go on the disabled list before now. In most cases, he's needed time off after expending a lot of energy or force with the wrist, like extra batting practice.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.