Detroit Tigers centerfielder Cameron Maybin may start the regular season on the disabled list due to the fractured wrist that he suffered early on in spring training, according to the Associated Press.
Maybin sustained the hairline fracture after he was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of the spring. He was originally ruled out for four to six weeks on March 3, meaning his availability for the team’s season opener against the Miami Marlins on April 5 was always in question.
Maybin underwent an X-ray Friday that showed healing in the wrist, but not enough for him to return to the field.
''It's going to be a least another week before they look at him again,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''Once he gets the all-clear to start doing baseball work, he's got to build up. He's got to start swinging and build up to playing in games. I don't see how he's going to be ready at this point.''
The 28-year-old was acquired by the Tigers in a trade with the Atlanta Braves in November. He hit .267 with 10 home runs and 59 RBIs last season.