Maybin out of lineup for nagging aches and pains

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Center fielder Cameron Maybin was out of the Braves lineup for a second consecutive game Monday, as manager Fredi Gonzalez gave him another day to heal nagging injuries.

Amidst one of the two best seasons of his career, Maybin has had some lower-leg aches and pains and a sore left shoulder, Gonzalez said. Michael Bourn got his second consecutive start in center field, after previously playing almost exclusively in left field since his Aug. 7 trade to the Braves.

Bourn came in 5-for-10 against Marlins left-hander Chris Narveson, the starter for Monday’s series opener.

“(Maybin) is just a little banged up, nothing major,” Gonzalez said. “I’m trying to (divide playing time between) five or six outfielders. Gave him a day off yesterday, give him another day off today. Bourny has decent numbers against this guy, and put (left fielder) Jonny (Gomes) in there against left-handed pitching.

“So I thought it was a good time to give Maybin a couple of days off just to kind of heal up a little bit. I had to talk him into it, to take another day. He wanted to play.”

Simmons scratched: Shortstop Andrelton Simmons was a late scratch from the Braves lineup due to inflammation in his right ankle. Pedro Ciriaco replaced him at short and in the second spot in the batting order.