Maybin back in starting lineup after hit by pitch

Maybin back in starting lineup after hit by pitch

LOS ANGELES -- Center fielder Cameron Maybin was back in the starting lineup on Saturday after leaving Friday's loss to the Dodgers in the seventh inning when he was hit just above his left elbow with a pitch.

"I got hit pretty good," said Maybin, who was plunked with a 93 mph fastball from Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey.

Good enough so that when Maybin tried to loosen up before his scheduled at-bat in the ninth inning, he couldn't get loose. That's when Padres manager Bud Black opted to pinch-hit Andy Parrino in Maybin's place.

"I didn't really know until two innings later when it kind of tightened up on me," Maybin said.

Three hours before Saturday's game, Maybin was out taking early batting practice to test the elbow. He took two rounds before declaring himself ready to play -- but not necessarily completely healthy.

"Good enough," he said. "That's all I'm looking for."

Maybin, who is hitting .226 with one home run and two RBIs in 31 at-bats, was back in the leadoff spot against the Dodgers on Saturday.

"It's a situation where I want to play," Maybin said. "I did my own treatment in my room [ice and self-massage]. I feel like I need to be in the lineup. I want to try and be out there and help as much as possible."