Cameron Maybin will not have surgery on ruptured biceps tendon

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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.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.