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Astros lose center fielder Justin Maxwell to a fractured hand

Apr 23, 2013, 11:53 PM EST

Justin Maxwell AP

The Astros got a win over the Mariners on Tuesday to improve to 6-14 on the season, but they announced afterwards that center fielder Justin Maxwell suffered a fractured hand in the game.

Maxwell was injured on a bases-loaded HBP in the third. It scored the Astros’ third and final run of the game in the 3-2 victory.

The 29-year-old Maxwell had started all 20 games in center field for the Astros this season, hitting .234 with one homer and six RBI. A long history of injuries stalled his development throughout his 20s, but he has found a home in Houston, hitting 19 homers in 392 at-bats since being picked up from the Yankees last year.

With Maxwell sidelined, probably for at least a month, the Astros figure to go to Brandon Barnes and maybe Rick Ankiel in center. Barnes has been a nice surprise dating back to spring training, and is 9-for-26 with a homer off the bench this year. Robbie Grossman was called up to help out.

Maxwell, for what it’s worth, is taking it well:


  1. kelshannon19 - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Stand up guy

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Hey how about those 8-13 bluejays? Gotta love it!!

  3. dfh3456 - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    This is seriously going to impact the Astros playoff chances.

  4. Walk - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Maybe I am reading that comment wrong but it seems to say he would not trade the broken hand for a game winning rbi.

  5. blazertop - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Now I have to hold up on those NLDS tix….

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