It was originally thought that Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin would be lost for 2-3 months after he suffered a torn left biceps tendon while making a diving catch Sunday, but there’s a chance he could be back sooner.
According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said that Maybin opted against surgery after seeing team doctors today. As a result, it’s now possible that he could return sooner than two months.
“Our doctors saw his diagnostics and talked to Cam and decided [recovery] will be healing and the rehab route before we get him back to activity.
“But the strong consensus was no surgery.”
Byrnes said it’s still too soon to know a timeline for Maybin’s return, though it could be as soon as four to six weeks, he said.
Excellent news for someone who was limited to just 14 games last season due to wrist and knee injuries.
The Padres will likely give Will Venable most of the playing time in center field with Maybin sidelined, though Alexi Amarista and Reymond Fuentes could also figure in. Seth Smith, Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin, and Kyle Blanks figure to handle the corner outfield spots.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.