The Houston Astros recently placed center fielder Justin Maxwell on the disabled list with a fractured left hand. The team announced
yesterday that the injury will sideline Maxwell for four to six weeks.
Maxwell suffered the injury – a fracture in the fifth metacarpal
of his left hand – when he was hit by a pitch during a contest against the
Seattle Mariners. The injury won’t require surgery, but it will sideline him
for roughly a month.
Prior to fracturing his hand, Maxwell had started every game
in center for the Astros this season. He hit .234/.289/.390 with five doubles,
two triples and one home run over 83 plate appearances. It’s a tough break
considering it was Maxwell’s – who turned 29 in November – first real opportunity
as an everyday player.
The Astros called up prospect Robbie Grossman to take
Maxwell’s place on the roster, and they are using Brandon Barnes and Rick
Ankiel to replace him in center.
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