DETROIT -- Cameron Maybin was back in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse on Sunday. The team brought him back to town to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder, as well as to see a doctor and check on how he's feeling the day after before making any further determination on his rehab or otherwise. James McCann is also expected to begin a short rehab in the near future before returning to the Tigers.
Little has gone right for Maybin this year. First it was a shoulder injury in the offseason, then he suffered a left wrist fracture in spring training. The latest thing to go awry for Maybin was his shoulder, which he reinjured in a rehab game in Triple-A Toledo on Saturday night. He injured it on a diving catch in center field. The initial injury occurred at his home in Asheville, N.C. and caused him to miss time during spring training.
Maybin has spent so little time with the team this year -- spring training or otherwise -- that catching up with teammates was more akin to initial contact than anything else. Catching up with guys at the Cleveland Indians clubhouse, like former Tiger Joba Chamberlain, though, and you'd have guessed nothing was wrong.
"I can't seem to catch a break, but I'm doin' alright," Maybin said with a grin and a slight shrug.
It may be one of the few times he's seen for the next little while, but he at least he was in bright spirits and his outgoing personality was not missed. For a guy who's been dealing with setback after setback, it's good to see. The Tigers had recently reset Maybin's rehab stint to give him the little extra time his wrist needed, but now he might have to spend even more time healing.
Update: Sunday afternoon, the Tigers recalled Maybin's injury rehab assignment, keeping him on the DL for now. After the game, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said there was no structural damage to Maybin's shoulder. He expects Maybin to resume his rehab in short order.
"It doesn't look too bad," Ausmus said. "We think he's gonna be out probably five days before he starts throwing (for defense) again, maybe a week before he starts playing (on the field) again."
As for McCann, he will soon get a couple of rehab games in. After catching a bullpen on Saturday, Ausmus confirmed that McCann would run the bases. The Tigers catcher has been on the disabled list right a Grade 2 right ankle sprain since April 12 after colliding with John Jaso at first base the night prior.
McCann has made steady progress, resuming activities such as long toss from a squatting position and taken hits from the batting cage. He is eligible to return to the team on Tuesday, but Ausmus decided that he would like McCann to get a couple of rehab games in before returning to action.
"I'm thinking four (games)," Ausmus said. "Maybe catch seven innings, DH, catch nine, DH, that type of thing."
When McCann does return, he will slot back into his role as primary catcher. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been filling in for McCann while he's been on the DL, performing admirably both behind the plate and with the bat. Ausmus might use Saltalamacchia to give Victor Martinez a break at designated hitter or Cabrera if needed down the road. However, he'll continue his backup role similar to how the team expected prior to McCann's injury.
On another note, the Tigers did bring Matt Boyd up from Toledo and placed Francisco Rodriguez on the family medical emergency list. The situation allows for up to seven days time away from the club, with a minimum of three. Ausmus said it was a "personal" matter and wouldn't go into further details.
Boyd will slot in primarily as long relief because of his starting ability. And while there's no need for a spot starter, if needed, Ausmus said Boyd could spot start if the situation arose. With Kyle Ryan having pitched so much recently, he will not be available for Sunday's game. The bullpen has been overworked of late due to the poor performance of the starting pitching, and Boyd's presence should provide some relief.