Cameron Maybin undergoes MRI exam on injured wrist

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Cameron Maybin has been one of the rare bright spots for the Padres, but the center fielder injured his wrist while taking batting practice over the weekend and will undergo an MRI exam today.

Previously the Padres insisted that an MRI wasn’t necessary, but Maybin has missed three straight games and told Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune that he hopes the exam “gives me a little peace of mind.”

Maybin’s raw numbers aren’t spectacular, but much of that is due to calling the majors’ most pitcher-friendly ballpark home. He’s hitting .311 with an .841 OPS on the road compared to just .235 with a .614 OPS at Petco Park. His adjusted OPS+ is 108, which hasn’t been topped by a Padres outfielder since Brian Giles in 2007 and 2008, and Maybin has also stolen 32 bases while being caught just five times.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.