In a season plagued by injuries, the Padres finally got some good news from the training room on Sunday as Cameron Maybin was activated from the disabled list.
The center fielder started and hit a double in his first action of the season as the Padres beat the Washington Nationals, 4-2, salvaging a series split. Maybin also added a single and scored a run while batting seventh in the order.
His hit in a two-run sixth inning sealed the win for San Diego.
Shelved since the start of the season with a ruptured left biceps tendon, he now shores up a lineup that has been desperate for some production. The team is last in baseball in runs scored and has several members of the lineup hitting below .200.
Maybin is expected to step in and start right away after coming off a 10-game rehab stint with El Paso, the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate. He hit just .243 but had a double, triple and a homer in 37 at bats while making hard contact in recent games.
The team optioned pitcher Kevin Quackenbush to El Paso in order to make room for Maybin on the roster.
The injuries just keep coming for the Friars. Third baseman Chase Headley was put on the DL after hurting his hamstring on Thursday. He’s expected to miss a few weeks. Earlier in the week, the team announced pitcher Josh Johnson would have surgery on his elbow and miss the entire season. He has yet to throw a pitch with the Padres.
The Padres head to San Francisco for three games with the Giants this week before returning home on Friday to face the Arizona Diamondbacks.