May­bin still a hit in Mo­tor City

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Pe­dro Moura

DE­TROIT — A dozen years ago, De­troit drafted Cameron May­bin. Two years later, they pack­aged him, fu­ture re­lief ace An­drew Miller and four more prospects in a block­buster trade for Miguel Cabr­era.

Eight years af­ter that, the Tigers reac­quired him, and he put to­gether a ca­reer-best sea­son in 2016.

That’s why May­bin at­tracted a crowd of lo­cal me­dia upon his re­turn to the city Tues­day. Re­porters mostly wanted to know if he was sur­prised by his Novem­ber trade to the An­gels (he was), and how he was do­ing in Ana­heim (well, he said). And they sought to un­der­stand how it felt to be on a team f loat­ing near .500 but 14 games be­hind the best-in-base­ball Hous­ton Astros.

“I don’t re­ally fol­low them,” May­bin said. “I know they’re play­ing well, but I don’t go to my phone and look at the stand­ings. I have three kids. I have a lot to worry about. I’m wor­ried about things I can control.”

May­bin, out for a week be­cause of a bruised oblique, threw and ran on the field Tues­day but did not hit. The plan is for him to hit Wed­nes­day. He ex­pects to be re­in­stated from the dis­abled list Fri­day in Hous­ton, and the club is not rul­ing that out.

“It’s still on the board,” An­gels man­ager Mike Scios­cia said. “But we’ll ad­just to how he feels in the next cou­ple days.”

May­bin played cen­ter field for De­troit and left field to be­gin this sea­son for the An­gels. When he re­turns, he could play cen­ter in place of the in­jured Mike Trout.

He laughed when asked if Trout made his de­fen­sive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties less dif­fi­cult.

“I’d like to think the same thing, too, that I make his job a lot eas­ier,” May­bin said. Be­drosian de­layed

The An­gels planned to ac­ti­vate re­liever Cam Be­drosian from the dis­abled list Tues­day, but he re­quested an­other re­hab-as­sign­ment ap­pear­ance.

“Just to fine-tune some things,” Scios­cia said. “When a pitcher still feels he’s maybe a lit­tle out of sync, you def­i­nitely want to work on it down there un­til he’s in sync.”

Be­drosian, re­turn­ing from a strained groin, pitched an in­ning for Class-A In­land Em­pire late Tues­day. He could be ac­ti­vated Thurs­day. Short hops

No dis­ci­pline is ex­pected for slug­ger Al­bert Pu­jols, who said he ex­changed midgame texts with his wife be­fore he hit his 600th ca­reer home run Satur­day. Play­ers are not or­di­nar­ily per­mit­ted to use elec­tronic de­vices dur­ing games . . . . Righthander Hus­ton Street is set to re­sume his re­hab as­sign­ment Fri­day. He’ll pitch in at least one more mi­nor league game be­fore his ac­ti­va­tion. He suf­fered a lat strain three months ago and ex­pe­ri­enced mi­nor tri­ceps tight­ness while near­ing the end of his ini­tial re­hab as­sign­ment. . . . Re­liever An­drew Bai­ley be­gan a throw­ing pro­gres­sion. He’s missed nearly two months be­cause of dis­com­fort in his sur­gi­cally re­paired right shoul­der and is weeks away from pitch­ing in the ma­jors.

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