Cameron Maybin pulled off rehab stint to “calm down” knee

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Cameron Maybin’s minor-league rehab assignment has been put on hold after the Padres center fielder experienced a setback with his knee injury.

Maybin, who’s been out since mid-June with a strained posterior cruciate ligament, left Thursday’s game at Triple-A after two at-bats and now general manager Josh Byrnes tells Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune: “Technically, we pulled him off the rehab to give his knee a few days to calm down.”

(I’ve been saying for years that knees should calm down. They’re out of control.)

Because of the setback the clock on Maybin’s rehab stint can be re-started, so it’s possible he won’t come off the disabled list until September.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.