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Maybin scratched due to Achilles tightness

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Outfielder Cameron Maybin was a late scratch from Saturday's starting lineup. Originally slated to bat in the leadoff spot against the Mets, Maybin was pulled due to tightness in his left Achilles.

Manager Don Mattingly said he would give Maybin a couple of days to rest. Maybin won't travel on Sunday when the Marlins visit Lake Buena Vista to play the Braves. He is expected back in the lineup on Monday.

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Outfielder Cameron Maybin was a late scratch from Saturday's starting lineup. Originally slated to bat in the leadoff spot against the Mets, Maybin was pulled due to tightness in his left Achilles.

Manager Don Mattingly said he would give Maybin a couple of days to rest. Maybin won't travel on Sunday when the Marlins visit Lake Buena Vista to play the Braves. He is expected back in the lineup on Monday.

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"We talked about it this morning. I'd rather give him a couple of days [off] now and then be able to get [him] regular at-bats," Mattingly said. "Don't want to let this thing turn into something -- or he misses a week and then all of a sudden we're rushing, trying to get him ready. So, [I'm giving him a] couple of days. We're being cautious."

Maybin has one hit in five at-bats this spring. He said he has felt tightness in the Achilles for the last few days.

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"Probably just from getting back in the swing of things; new spikes, running around in the grass, just part of being early in camp. I just need to get acclimated to running around," he said. "It's hard to simulate Spring Training at home."

Maybin added that he's been playing through the injury, but resting it is the smart thing to do right now. The outfielder went through Saturday's drills like a normal day, hitting and staying loose.

"It felt good, but there's no point to push it right now," Maybin said. "Let's give it one more day and then get back at it Monday. There's still plenty of time to get at-bats and get work in."

Yamamoto reassigned 
Right-hander Jordan Yamamoto was reassigned to Minor League camp on Saturday. The 21-year-old came to the Marlins via Milwaukee as part of the Christian Yelich trade, along with Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Isan Diaz.

"The biggest thing with [Yamamoto] is to give him a chance to really get into his program as far as arm conditioning and things like that," Mattingly said. "He'd had some issues last year that we felt like are still kind of lingering on.

"We want to get him good. One thing we didn't want to do is get a young guy in camp that pretty much knows is not going to be here and him getting into a game trying to impress us and end up hurting himself. So we want to make sure he's ready for his season."

Yamamoto has spent the past four seasons in the Minor Leagues where he has gone 17-19 with a 4.19 ERA in 73 appearances, 50 as a starter. He has recorded 346 strikeouts in 329 innings.

Position battle
Miguel Rojas is attempting to cement his spot at shortstop. Known for his solid defense, the 29-year-old went 0-for-2 at the plate on Saturday, but in the fourth inning came up with a sparkling defensive play that resulted in a force out at second.

Rojas is battling JT Riddle for the full-time position. Riddle underwent left shoulder surgery last August and won't be ready for another couple of weeks. Riddle hit .250 in 70 games for the Marlins last season.

Rojas has played in 273 games over three seasons with the Marlins, including 90 last season, when he hit .290.

Up next
The Marlins face the Braves for a 1:05 p.m. ET game (available via Gameday Audio and exclusive webcast on MLB.com) at Champion Stadium on Sunday. Right-hander Dan Straily gets the start for Miami. Straily threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut against the Nationals on Tuesday, striking out three while allowing two hits.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com.

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