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Injured Tigers outfielder Maybin likely to miss opening day

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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.

Corey Kluber removed from his rehab game

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Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.

Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.

It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.