Cameron Maybin, the Detroit Tigers starting center fielder, will be sidelined from 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced hairline fracture in his left wrist, the team announced.
The Tigers said, "Outfielder Cameron Maybin suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left wrist on Wednesday after being hit by a pitch. His wrist will be immobilized for two weeks at which time he will undergo an X-ray to evaluate healing. He is expected to be out 4-6 weeks."
The 28-year-old was ahead of Anthony Gose for the starting role in center, which the two have been battling for this spring. With Maybin being out until mid-to-late April, the Tigers will go with Justin Upton in left field, Gose in center field and J.D. Martinez in right field. Tyler Collins will play as the fourth outfielder for Detroit.
Luis Severino plunked the right-handed hitter with a pitch on Wednesday in the second inning of Grapefruit League action against the New York Yankees. Maybin stayed in the game, but was later pulled for a pinch-hitter.
“He says he feels pretty good,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.
Maybin joined the Tigers in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, which sent Gabe Speier and Ian Krol to Atlanta. With the Braves last season, Maybin slashed .267/.327/.370 with 10 homers and 59 RBI across 141 games.
Believe it or not, Maybin was drafted by Detroit with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. He was later traded in a deal with the Miami Marlins that sent Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers. Maybin has made a full-swing with Detroit, but probably will not be present on 2016 Opening Day.
“Every team deals with it,” Ausmus said. “As a player, you learn to deal with it. It’s part of the game, you move forward and you hope whoever player is back in the allotted time schedule and ready to go.”