DETROIT -- Cameron Maybin has turned the page on his second go-round as a Tiger. And though he won't play in the three-game series this week as a member of the visiting Angels, Maybin is happy to be back where he enjoyed the best season of his 11-year career."The fans
DETROIT -- Cameron Maybin has turned the page on his second go-round as a Tiger. And though he won't play in the three-game series this week as a member of the visiting Angels, Maybin is happy to be back where he enjoyed the best season of his 11-year career.
"The fans are truly amazing here the way they get behind the guys, through the ups and downs," said Maybin, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list last Thursday (retroactive May 30) with a left oblique muscle contusion. "I'll definitely miss not playing this series for sure. These fans were incredible to me last year, and I really enjoyed giving them a great effort every day."
Maybin said he doesn't pay attention to the Tigers now, as he's busy playing three time zones away in Los Angeles, where his Angels have a crowded DL list but are second in the American League West, chasing the red-hot Astros.
What Maybin does, however, is keep up with guys in the Detroit clubhouse like Jose Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Justin Upton, with whom he bonded in 2016.
"I went over there [pregame Tuesday] and saw them, spoke to pretty much everybody I could see," Maybin said. "Those guys make me feel good. They let me know, even throughout this year, they miss my energy in the clubhouse. Things like that make it a lot easier to go about your business."
Detroit selected Maybin as the 10th overall pick in the 2005 Draft before trading him in '07 as part of a package to the Marlins for Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. He returned to the Tigers via trade last season, where he hit .315 in 94 games. The Angels swapped Minor League pitcher Victor Alcantara for Maybin in November.
While he admitted being traded away from Detroit a second time was "somewhat of a bummer," Maybin quickly added that he understood the move was simply part of the business of baseball. He also wished all his ex-teammates the best, particularly those vying to fill the gap he left in center field.
Tigers center fielders are collectively hitting .207 this season in Maybin's absence, which is the lowest batting average of their eight regular hitting positions in the field.
"Grass isn't always greener like you tend to think in this game sometimes," Maybin said.
Angels right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian will pitch on Tuesday night for Class A Advanced Inland Empire. Bedrosian, who is on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain, has a locker in the Angels' clubhouse in Detroit and will likely be activated on Thursday.
Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.