Tigers center fielder was hit on the left wrist by a pitch Wednesday and the team just announced that he’s been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture, which carries a 4-6 week recovery timetable.
That almost surely means Maybin will begin the season on the disabled list and Anthony Gose will once again be the Opening Day center fielder. Maybin was acquired from the Braves in November to take that job and push Gose into a part-time role, but it’s possible he’ll be out until May.
Last season Maybin hit .267 with 10 homers and a .697 OPS in 141 games for the Braves, and the Tigers were counting on his speed and defense to make a positive impact as well.
A’s outfielder Josh Reddick said recently that he’d like to work out a long-term contract extension to remain in Oakland and today front office boss Billy Beane told MLB Network Radio that he’s “exploring” a possible deal.
Reddick is set to earn $6.575 million in his final season before free agency, but it’s unclear how much money the A’s are willing to invest in a good but not great 29-year-old corner outfielder with a sizable injury history.
Last season Reddick hit .272 with 20 homers and a .781 OPS in 149 games, posting an OPS in the .760-.785 range for the fourth time in the past five years. He’s also a good defender with a great arm.
Oakland isn’t exactly known for giving out market-level contract extensions to impending free agents nearing 30, so for Reddick to get a deal done he might have to make Beane an offer he can’t refuse.
The leadoff spot was a huge problem for the Angels last season, as the 15 different players manager Mike Scioscia batted atop the lineup combined to hit just .237 with a ghastly .280 on-base percentage.
This time around Scioscia is ready for a change, as Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that he’s “pretty committed” to using offseason pickup Yunel Escobar in the leadoff spot.
Escobar isn’t very fast and hasn’t been a regular leadoff man since 2011, but the 33-year-old infielder got on base at a .375 clip last season and has a career OBP of .350. Over the course of 600 plate appearances the difference between a .280 OBP and a .350 OBP is 42 fewer outs and 42 more runners, which would certainly look good on base for Mike Trout.
University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was a guest at Tigers camp Wednesday and Adam Berry of MLB.com writes that he “traded his khakis in for baseball pants” while coaching first base for a few innings.
Detroit was playing Pittsburgh, so Harbaugh also hung out with lifelong Wolverines fan and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Harbaugh’s review? “He’s a good man, a real good man.”
Oh, and the Tigers even stole a base while he was coaching.
Brett Anderson finally stayed healthy last season, throwing 180 innings with a 3.69 ERA for the Dodgers after logging a grand total of just 206 innings in the previous four seasons. He accepted a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to remain in Los Angeles and headed to spring training with a lot of optimism for 2016.
And now he’s out 3-5 months following back surgery.
Anderson tweaked something in his back throwing live batting practice Tuesday and has been diagnosed with a bulging disk. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated that the team expects him to pitch at some point this season, but it’s unlikely to be until the second half.
What a shame, for both Anderson and the Dodgers. He was hoping that a second healthy season in a row would enable him to cash in with a long-term deal as a free agent next winter. And they were counting on him as their fourth starter, which is a job that will now likely go to left-hander Alex Wood.
Fortunately for the Dodgers they have some quality rotation depth stockpiled and can turn to guys like Mike Bolsinger or Brandon Beachy as the No. 5 starter until Hyun-Jin Ryu is ready to return from shoulder surgery.
Anderson, who’s an entertaining follow on Twitter, posted this: