Following the Detroit Tigers' thrilling comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, they activated center fielder Cameron Maybin off the disabled list and optioned Anthony Gose to Triple-A Toledo. Maybin has been on the disabled list for the entire regular season due to wrist and shoulder injuries.
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the first round of the 2005 MLB draft, Maybin was reacquired by the team in November. He was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of spring training, resulting in a fractured left wrist. Maybin missed the entirety of spring training with the injury, and was sent to Triple-A Toledo on a rehab assignment shortly after the regular season began. He was hit by another pitch on the same wrist during his rehab assignment, then aggravated a shoulder injury when diving for a ball in the outfield.
Unfortunately, Maybin is no stranger to the disabled list. He has only eclipsed the 100 games played plateau three times in a nine-year MLB career, and has never played in 150 games. He hit .267/.327/.370 in 141 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2015.
Meanwhile, Gose's option comes as somewhat of a surprise. The 25-year-old outfielder is struggling, hitting just .209/.287/.341 with 38 strikeouts in 101 plate appearances, a 37.6 percent strikeout rate. However, Gose is a capable defender in center field, which is more than the Tigers can say for corner outfielders J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, and Steven Moya. Many expected Moya to be sent down when Maybin was recalled, but a 3-for-4 day on Sunday and six hits in 15 at-bats during the weekend series in Baltimore may have earned him some more time at the major league level.
The Tigers are hoping that Gose can get things turned around quickly in the minor leagues. He posted a respectable 90 wRC+ in 535 plate appearances last season, including a solid .265/.330/.383 effort against right-handed pitching. Even this year, Gose has hit well against right-handed pitching, with a .730 OPS in 72 plate appearances. A healthy Maybin eliminates the need for Gose to face lefthanders, who have limited him to a .193 batting average and .254 on-base percentage in 140 career plate appearances.