Maxwell out 4 to 6 weeks; Owens sidelined

Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell, who fractured his left hand on Tuesday, is expected to be out four to six weeks, the team announced Friday.

Maxwell, 29, fractured the fifth metacarpal of his left hand but does not require surgery. He is currently in a splint. Maxwell started the Astros’ first 20 games in center field and played every inning this year before exiting Tuesday’s game against Seattle after the fourth inning.

Meanwhile, the Astros announced left-handed pitcher Rudy Owens, who is on the 40-man roster and currently assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, has been sidelined with a stress fracture of his left foot that will require surgery. He will miss up to five months.

Owens, 25, suffered a stress fracture in his left foot and will have surgery in Houston on Monday. Following the surgery, he will be in a walking boot for approximately six weeks. Owens made four appearances for Oklahoma City this season, posting a 3.71 ERA.

1 Comment

Good news about Maxwell. Glad he’s not going to go under the knife……you heal better and quicker. Saw that about Rudy Oens, but I didn’t know he would be out for such a long time. Tough since. he was doing pretty good in OKC.

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