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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.

Maxwell to DL, Grossman joins club

The Astros have placed outfielder Justin Maxwell on the disabled list with a fractured left hand, suffered when he was hit by a pitch in Tuesday’s win over the Mariners. The team recalled outfielder Robbie Grossman from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

(click here for video of Maxwell injury)

Maxwell was removed from Tuesday’s game between the fourth and fifth innings after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch in the bottom of the third, driving in a run with the bases loaded.

Maxwell was hitting .234 with one homer and six RBIs in 77 at-bats as Houston’s starting center fielder. The move likely means Brandon Barnes will get most of the playing time in center field.

Grossman, a switch-hitter, was hitting .324 with 13 runs scored and a .452 on-base percentage in 19 games for Oklahoma City, going 9-for-22 in his past five games. Acquired from the Pirates in the Wandy Rodriguez trade at the Trade Deadline last year, he hit .267 with a .371 on-base percentage in 36 games at Double-A Corpus Christi.

This will be Grossman’s Major League debut.

Maxwell enjoys hitting behind Altuve

Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell loves hitting behind Jose Altuve, like he did for the fifth consecutive game on Saturday.

“For me, it makes me get ready on deck,” he said. “He’s not playing around when he gets up there. He’s coming to swing the stick. It helps me because I can’t be lethargic on my approach. He always keeps me on edge because it could be the first pitch of the at-bat when he gets a hit or the seventh or eighth pitch. He does a really good job, he’s got a great approach, and I try to mimic him in batting practice.”

Altuve entered Saturday hitting .364 with five multi-hit games. He ranked tied for fifth in the American League with 16 hits and tied for sixth in multi-hit games, and had reached base in nine of the Astros’ first 10 games this year.

The 6-foot-5 athletic Maxwell can only marvel at what the 5-foot-6 Altuve has accomplished.

“I think the first time I ever heard his name was when I was rehabbing from shoulder surgery [in 2011], and I just happened to check MiLB.com to see what was going on in the Minor Leagues, and I see this Altuve guy is hitting .380 in Double-A,” Maxwell said. “I clicked on his numbers, and now it’s kind of weird I’m playing with him now. He’s got incredible hand-eye coordination. Any time he takes a swing, he puts the barrel on the ball. He’s fast, too, so he gets a lot of infield hits and he’s got power.”

Maxwell dons No. 44 for Astros

The Astros haven’t had a player wear No. 44 in a regular-season game since Roy Oswalt was traded midway through the 2010 season. That changed Friday night at PNC Park, when Justin Maxwell – wearing No. 44 – started in left field.

Maxwell, acquired on waivers from the Yankees on April 8, was wearing No. 22 but made a deal with bullpen coach Craig Bjornson to take his No. 44, effective Friday. Bjornson, who always wears a pullover that hides his number anyway, switched to 50.

“It’s just the number I usually wear in the Minors and it’s the first time I get to wear it in the big leagues,” Maxwell said. “I asked Craig Bjornson if I could have the number and he said, ‘Sure.’ I kind of threw it out there instead of just attacking him.”

When Maxwell joined the Astros, he asked equipment manager Carl Schneider if he could have 44, but it wasn’t available. Maxwell decided to wait a month before asking Bjornson.

“I didn’t want to come in here and say, ‘Hey guys, how’s it going? Can I have your number?’” joked Maxwell, who said he’s going to give Bjornson something in return.

Oswalt, arguably the greatest pitcher in franchise history, wore No. 44 from 2001-10. Pitcher Sergio Escalona wore the number last year in Spring Training, but switched to 52 in the regular season.

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