Maybin day to day with back soreness

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin is day to day with soreness in his lower back after he felt a twinge while stretching a few days ago.

Maybin has not played since Thursday, and the Padres are not sure when he will be back in the lineup, but manager Bud Black indicated it is not serious.

"I come here to play baseball, so I don't know if there is ever a nice time [for an injury]," Maybin said. "I always consider it unfortunate if you're not getting a chance to play. But it's one of those things that if anything's going to happen, you'd rather have it happen earlier rather than later."

On Monday morning, Maybin's midsection was wrapped, and he had an ice pack on his lower-left back, which he says has been affecting him most when he moves.

"It's been affecting the way I run and use my legs pretty much," Maybin said. "That's my biggest asset, so I've got to take care of it."

There's no specific incident Maybin can recall that may have caused the injury. He is off to a hot start to the spring, hitting .350 with a homer in seven Cactus League contests.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.