Maybin still a hit in Motor City
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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