Padres centerfielder Cameron Maybin will miss two-to-three months after rupturing his left bicep tendon. He injured himself while making a diving catch against the Dodgers on Sunday. The catch prevented extra bases for Los Angeles' Juan Uribe, but the play would be more costly for Maybin in the end.
Maybin will miss Opening Day, and San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes indicated that the initial diagnosis of the 26-year-old's left arm "suggested a fairly serious injury." Those fears were confirmed on Monday after Maybin underwent an MRI.
Maybin missed most of last season with a wrist injury. In just 14 games, he batted .157/.232/.235.
However, in 2011 and 2012, Maybin played in 284 games and batted .257/.315/.371 with 17 home runs and 66 stolen bases. He was a string defender as well, posting strong numbers in zone rating and defensive runs saved.
The Padres will likely turn to Will Venable and Chris Denorfia to replace Maybin, as they did last year, but the loss of their projected starting centerfielder is something of a disappointment after he appeared to be returning to good health. He's set to earn $20 million over the next three seasons thanks to a five-year, $25 million deal signed in 2012. The Padres hold a $9 million option for 2017 that is unlikely to be picked up if Maybin continues to struggle with injuries.