Following pitcher Andrew Cashner‘s return in his rehab start at Class-A Lake Elsinore Friday night, the Padres are getting some more positive news as outfielder Cameron Maybin is getting ready to return to the team’s lineup after receiving a 25-game suspension for violating the MLB Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program policy when he tested positive on July 23rd.
Padres writer Corey Brock reports that Maybin will head to the Padres’ team facility this week in Peoria, Arizona to continue his workouts. He is eligible to play in five minor league games before his suspension is over on August 20th.
It is not confirmed yet where Maybin will playing those five games, but manager Bud Black states, “More than likely that will be in El Paso, but we’ll have to look at the schedule,”
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It has been another disappointing year for the Padres outfielder who batting .247 with one homer and 9 RBI on the season. Maybin, who signed a 5 -year $25 million contract with San Diego in 2012 has not lived up to those numbers that led to the contract.
Maybin does bring some needed depth and a strong glove to the Padres outfield who has seen a revolving door in-and-out of the lineup since Carlos Quentin landed on the DL last month. Expect Maybin to split time alongside Will Venable and play in those games when the Padres face a left-hander.