San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres yesterday reinstated Cameron Maybin from the restricted list after serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines.
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Cameron Maybin was the third Padres player in the last two years to be suspended by Major League Baseball for PED’s.
Cameron Maybin was having a decent season for the Padres before the suspension, batting .247 with solid defense in center field in only 62 games. Maybin missed all of spring training and the first month of the season with a torn biceps tendon.
The Padres signed Cameron Maybin to a five-year $25 million contract extension in 2012 and has failed to live up to expectations and stay on the field.
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Despite his return don’t expect Maybin to be the full-time starter in center field, as shown by him not getting in the game last night.
In past seasons Maybin would’ve returned to the starting line-up immediately, yet with a new general manager who has no favoritism towards him and other outfielders performing well the Padres don’t necessarily need him.
Currently the Padres have nine outfielders on the roster in Seth Smith, Will Venable, Rymer Liriano, Abraham Almonte, Alexi Amarista, Jake Goebbert, Yangervis Solarte, Tommy Medica and now Cameron Maybin.
The question the Padres will have to answer heading into the off-season is do they want to keep Cameron Maybin ?
Personally I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from Almonte and with Liriano playing full-time in Right Field, expect to see Will Venable spending most of his time in Center Field. Venable has performed the role of starting center fielder for the Padres for most of the past two seasons, due to Cameron Maybin missing so much time due to injury.