Maybin exits with groin strain

Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin suffered a left leg groin strain while running the bases in the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon.

Maybin was injured while racing from first to home on Donnie Murphy’s two-run double in the eighth inning against the Cardinals.

maybinhurt.jpgProjected as the Marlins center fielder, Maybin pulled up close to home plate, and hobbled across the plate.

Scott Cousins replaced Maybin in center field.

The 22-year-old Maybin is projected to bat second in the regular season. He was hitting leadoff on Sunday.

“The next couple of days I’m definitely going to be in here early,” Maybin said of getting treatment. “I feel good, and I have to keep that good timing. My timing feels good. I need to be in that lineup to get those at-bats.

“I guess we’re going to wait and see. I don’t think it’s that big to get an MRI. I pulled up, I think on time, where it didn’t really pop. It was more of a pull than a pop. I hope, two, three, four days, I’ll be fine.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he likely will keep Cody Ross in right field, instead of move him to center field to replace Maybin. The Marlins have a number of prospects who can play center, like Cousins, Jai Miller and Bryan Petersen.

— Joe Frisaro

(photo courtesy: Denis Bancroft/Florida Marlins)


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