PEORIA, Ariz. -- In his first meeting with reporters Monday since rupturing his left biceps tendon on March 2, Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin made no apologies for his decision to attempt a diving catch during a Spring Training game.
"I don't want to change the way I played, because I take pride in it, even in Spring Training. … That [catch] saved a guy from giving up a hit," Maybin said. "I'll never have any regrets for the way I play the game."
Maybin returned to the Padres' facility Sunday, where he'll start his rehabilitation program in about one week. He's hopeful the four- to six-week prognosis, after opting against surgery, means he'll be back on the field early in the season.
"Hopefully, in a few weeks we can be right back at it and I can pick up where I left off," Maybin said.
Maybin suffered the injury to his non-throwing arm on March 2 in a game against the Dodgers when he ranged far to his left for a diving catch. He did so after right fielder Rymer Liriano failed to call for the ball.
"I think there was some miscommunication out there," Maybin said. "The ball was never called, so as the center fielder, that's what you do … you take priority, you make plays. I don't regret for a second the way I play. That's what got me in this position [the big leagues], my defense."
Maybin had an MRI on March 3 that showed no damage to the shoulder capsule or rotator cuff but, instead, a ruptured left biceps. The injury, which rates as rare among baseball players, is much more prevalent among professional football players. Maybin was told that former NFL quarterbacks Brett Favre and John Elway had similar injuries, only to return quickly.
After his initial MRI, Maybin headed to San Diego to meet with some of the Padres' doctors, and it was determined he wouldn't need surgery and would take the rest and rehabilitation route.
"I was really bummed the day it happened, I knew something was wrong," Maybin said. "But life throws curveballs at you and you've got to hit them, you've got to find a way to bounce back, find the positives. My shoulder was great, so that was a plus."
Maybin appeared in just 14 games last season due to a wrist impingement and a torn posterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee. He was asked Monday if he feels snake bitten or unlucky in terms of health.
"A little bit," Maybin said. "I'm not 200 pounds anymore. I think a lot of it is I'm a lot bigger and stronger than I once was. I've got to find a way to take care of my body. If that's staying off the ground, going feet first into a sliding catch, staying away from the walls a little more … my biggest goal is getting games in and staying healthy."