Cameron Maybin doesn't care much for the Old Pueblo.
He'd much rather be in San Diego.
"I want to get out of here," Maybin said. "Seriously. All jokes aside, I want to make sure my wrist is healthy and get back to the show and help my team."
Maybin, an outfielder on rehab assignment with the Tucson Padres until at least June 1, made a three-game pit stop in Tucson in 2011.
"It was a rehab stint. It was quick," Maybin said before the Padres' 5-2 loss to Sacramento Friday night at Kino Stadium. "This is just a part of my process to get back. This is not somewhere I plan on spending much time at all."
Maybin was San Diego's opening day starter in center field, but he struggled through the first 10 games of the season - three hits in 33 at bats - before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 17 with an injured right wrist.
He fell short of blaming the early-season struggles on the injury, but he said his wrist has been hurting him "for years."
"If you don't take care of it, stuff like that progressively gets worse," Maybin said. "Three years later, I've been dealing with it and it finally got as bad as it's gonna get.
"It's feeling pretty good now. I don't know if it's yet at 100 percent, but I feel good, man, compared to where it was a month ago. I wasn't even able to come out and get swings on the field so that says a lot."
Maybin suffered the injury on a defensive play where he "banged it as hard as it's ever been banged."
Despite fighting through his wrist pain for most of the last few years, though, Maybin missed only 40 of 324 possible games in his first two seasons with the Padres and batted a combined .253 with 17 home runs, 85 RBIs and a team-high 46 steals.
He said playing through the pain was the choice he made.
"I mean it is what is," Maybin said. "That's an excuse you make. You decide to go out there and play through pain; a lot of guys do it. But it got to a point where it was kinda unbearable so I had to take care of it."
Maybin reflects on 2007 Cabrera trade
In 2007, Maybin was a part of an eight-player blockbuster trade that sent Miguel Cabrera and pitcher Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers for Maybin and five other players. Maybin has since been traded to the Padres, while Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP, won the Triple Crown last year and has continued his dominance this season for Detroit.
Maybin spoke with the Star about what it meant to be a part of that trade:
"It's the business, man. He's a great player, one of my favorite players. It's exciting to watch what he's been able to do. It's like watching video games. He's gonna be one of the greatest hitters to ever play our game, so I mean for a team to give up a guy like that and a team to get a guy like that, I guess it says a lot about the talent that I had.
"Not just myself, there were like eight other guys, you're speaking about two guys when there seven others, but I think it says a lot about the guys in that trade and it says a lot about Miguel.
"He's one of the greatest hitters to ever step in the box."
• What: Sacramento at Padres
• Where: Kino Stadium
• When: 7:05 p.m.
• Radio: 1290-AM (tape delayed following UA baseball)
• Highlight: Sacramento designated hitter Grant Green hit an RBI double to center field in the seventh inning to put the River Cats up to stay. Green finished 2 of 5 with one RBI and one run, and the River Cats tacked on two more runs in the ninth for good measure.
• Big number: 6. Hits in the last three innings for the River Cats. Starting with Green's RBI double, the River Cats went on a tear in scoring three runs in those last three innings, including a RBI triple from second baseman Jemile Weeks.
• Tonight's starters: RHP Brandon Kloess (1-0, 4.32 ERA), Tucson, vs. RHP Travis Banwart (2-1, 5.40 ERA), Sacramento.
- Zack Rosenblatt