JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin is likely to miss opening day while recovering from a fractured left wrist.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Maybin’s wrist isn’t healing quickly enough for him to be ready. Detroit starts the season April 5 at Miami.
Maybin had his wrist X-rayed on Friday.
“It showed signs of healing but he’s still not ready to do baseball activity,” Ausmus said. “Medically it wasn’t surprising, but I guess I was being optimistic.”
Maybin was injured in his first at-bat of the exhibition season when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Luis Severino of the New York Yankees.
“It’s going to be a least another week before they look at him again,” Ausmus said. “Once he gets the all-clear to start doing baseball work, he’s got to build up. He’s got to start swinging and build up to playing in games. I don’t see how he’s going to be ready at this point.”
Maybin hit .267 with 10 homers and 59 RBI last season with Atlanta, then was traded to the Tigers.
Troubling development here for the Tigers, as shortstop Jose Iglesias was forced to exit Thursday’s game against the Royals in the third inning when he was hit in the hand while trying to drop down a bunt.
Iglesias appeared to take the ball off a finger on his right hand. He immediately crouched to the ground and was in a tremendous amount of pain before being helped off the field. You can watch the play here.
After missing all of last season with stress fractures in both of his legs, the slick-fielding Iglesias has managed to stay healthy this year while batting .300/.347/.370 with two home runs, 23 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 120 games. Unfortunately, it looks like his season could be over prematurely.
Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion crushed three home runs and knocked in a career-high nine runs this afternoon as part of a 15-1 thrashing of the Tigers at Rogers Centre.
It was his second career three-homer game. Encarnacion connected for a three-run homer off Buck Farmer in the first inning before adding a two-run shot off Guido Knudson in the sixth and a grand slam off Alex Wilson in the seventh.
Appropriately enough, some fans in Toronto threw their hats on the field to acknowledge the hat-trick for Encarnacion. Everybody seemed to get a kick out of it. Except for the Tigers, I mean. Check it out below.
Lost in today’s power exploits, Encarnacion also extended his MLB-best hitting streak to a career-high 24 games. The 32-year-old is batting .269/.358/.538 with 29 home runs and 90 RBI over 117 games on the year.