Originally written April 27, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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