Cameron Maybin 'embracing' adversity

Cameron Maybin, stretching before a recent spring training workout, says his latest injury is "a small thing." AP Photo/John Raoux

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Don't feel bad for Cameron Maybin, because he's not feeling sorry for himself, despite a fractured left wrist that will sideline him for four to six weeks.

Maybin, who was hit by a Luis Severino pitch during the Detroit Tigers' split-squad game against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, said the injury is "a small thing to a giant" when asked about the surprising diagnosis.

"My whole career has been overcoming adversity and proving people wrong," Maybin said, "I just embrace it."

Maybin has been snakebitten already this spring; when he arrived in camp, he was nursing a sore shoulder from a slip-and-fall accident sustained during the offseason. That already affected his reps in the outfield. Now, he'll miss the bulk of spring training because of a non-displaced hairline fracture in his left wrist.

But Maybin isn't moping around the clubhouse, searching for sympathy. The 28-year-old outfielder, who is expected to platoon in center field with Anthony Gose, said he will use the setback to further fuel his motivation.

"It's just going to make me even hungrier," Maybin said.

The former first-round Tigers draft pick, who returned to Detroit for a second tour via trade in November, insisted there is no bad blood between him and Severino despite the fact that there have been three HBP's in the last two games between the clubs.

"I don't have any hard feelings," Maybin said. "It happens."

Maybin is able to run and participate in limited workouts, though the Tigers want to be careful to avoid further injury. He is currently wearing a brace on his left arm and will undergo another set of X-rays in two weeks.

Maybin is holding out hope that he could still be available to play when the Tigers open the season in Miami on April 5.

"I hope so," Maybin said before Sunday's game against the Marlins. "Only time will tell."