by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell (hand) took 15 swings off a tee Monday, MLB.com reports. Maxwell also took 30 soft-tosses and is no longer wearing a brace on his fractured left hand.
Maxwell is scheduled to have a routine X-ray taken Tuesday. He's hoping to return in late May or early June.
Justin Maxwell swings for first time since broken hand
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell took swings with a fungo bat for the first time since sustaining a broken hand April 23, MLB.com reports.
Maxwell will likely be reevaluated shortly. He was initially expected to miss roughly four weeks, so he could be ready to go on a rehab assignment within a week or two.
Justin Maxwell making slow progress
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand, will not travel with the team for its upcoming road trip to Detroit and Pittsburgh next week, MLB.com reports.
Maxwell, who has been sidelined since April 24 with his injury, will stay in Houston to work out with a sports rehabilitation specialist, according to the report.
Justin Maxwell receives good news
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell received positive news regarding the X-ray he underwent on his fractured left hand, the Houston Chronicle reports Tuesday.
Maxwell had the cast removed from his hand and could begin light work with the bat within 7-10 days, when he will be re-evaluated.
Justin Maxwell set for important X-ray
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell is expected to undergo an X-ray during the upcoming week to check on the status of his fractured left hand, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The team wants to check on how the hand has healed. It it has healed enough, Maxwell could start a rehab assignment shortly after. That would keep him on pace to return during the front end of the 4-6 week timetable he was originally given.
"I can’t change what happened. The only way it’s going to get better is through healing. … The more positive you are in your attitude, the quicker it’s going to heal," Maxwell said. "I’m just looking forward to Tuesday or Wednesday and seeing what it’s looking like and hopefully everything’s going well."
Astros announce Justin Maxwell out 4-6 weeks
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) The Astros announced outfielder Justin Maxwell will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured left hand.
Maxwell was hit on the hand by Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma on Tuesday. Robbie Grossman has played center field in the two games since Maxwell's injury and appears to be the club's starting center fielder going forward.
Justin Maxwell expected to miss four weeks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Astros center fielder Justin Maxwell is expected to miss four weeks with a fractured left hand, according to Houston Chronicle. Maxwell was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after suffering the injury Tuesday night.
Justin Maxwell fractures left hand
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) The Astros placed outfielder Justin Maxwell on the 15-day disabled list following his injury Tuesday night against Seattle, MLB.com reports.
Maxwell suffered a fractured left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Hisashi Iwakuma. He underwent an X-ray, which found the fracture.
Maxwell, hitting .234 on the year with a homer and six RBI over 77 at-bats, is going to need at least the full 15 days on the disabled list to recover, and perhaps more.
Brandon Barnes is expected to see plenty of at-bats in his absence.
Justin Maxwell undergoes X-ray on hand
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell had to leave Tuesday's game against Seattle at the start of the fifth inning after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand, MLB.com reports.
Maxwell was replaced by Brandon Barnes in center field to undergo an X-ray after he was hit by Hisashi Iwakuma with the bases loaded to give Houston a 3-1 lead.
For now, Maxwell is considered day to day. He was 0 for 1 in the game with the RBI and is batting .234.
Justin Maxwell's average on the decline
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell collected his fifth RBI on a single in the third inning Tuesday against the Athletics. He finished 1 for 4 with one strikeout.
Maxwell, who has started the first 14 games, hasn't managed a multi-hit outing in his last four appearances. Maxwell is batting .118 (2 for 17) in his last four games after batting .359 (14 for 39) in his first 10 games.
Justin Maxwell belts first homer
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Astros center fielder Justin Maxwell hit his first home run and second double of the season in Houston's 5-0 win over the Angels Friday night, boosting his average to .359. He also hit second in the order for the fifth straight game and should stay in that spot while he remains hot.
Justin Maxwell extends hitting streak to seven games
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Astros center fielder Justin Maxwell extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 2-for-5 performance against the Mariners Wednesday night. The two singles lifted Maxwell's average to .343 this season.
Justin Maxwell has some Rotisserie appeal
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/2/2013) Fantasy owners took notice when Justin Maxwell notched a pair of triples in the Astros' opening night win over the Rangers on Sunday, but he should have plenty of good moments ahead as well.
Last season, he showed his power potential, but Maxwell could take yet another step forward.
In a previous analysis, Scott White rightly pointed out that Maxwell strikes out far too often, but in Triple-A, Maxwell was proficient at getting hits on balls in play. Last season, Maxwell's BABIP was .295, but he could use his speed to lift that rate.
His ceiling for batting average may only be around .260, but even with an average in the .240s, Maxwell offers enough in terms of home run power and steals to be worth using in deeper mixed Rotisserie leagues.
Justin Maxwell still not a big deal
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/1/2013) Of everything that happened in Sunday's season opener between the Rangers and Astros, Justin Maxwell's performance was the most notable for Fantasy owners. He was on the fringe of being Fantasy-relevant coming into the season, and obviously, he made a splash with his two triples.
But I'm not rushing to pick him up. In each of his previous opportunities in the majors, his high strikeout rate ruined his batting average -- including last year, when he hit .229. And it's not like spring training was any different. He hit .153, striking out 21 times in 59 at-bats.
Obviously, he has every opportunity to succeed with the Astros, and his combination of power and speed makes him intriguing enough for AL-only use, but he'll need a few more of these games to move the needle otherwise.
Justin Maxwell triples twice in opener
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) After a slow spring, Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell started the season on the right note Sunday night against the Rangers. Maxwell slapped a triple off the wall in left field that scored two runs in the fourth and added another triple in the eighth.
He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI in an 8-2 victory. The 29-year-old became the first player with a multi-triple performance on opening day since Tony Pena for the Royals in 2007.
Justin Maxwell makes opening day roster in Houston
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Outfielder Justin Maxwell is on the Astros’ 25-man roster.
The 29-year-old hit .229/.304/.460 with 18 home runs, in just 352 plate appearances last season. Maxwell should at least play in a platoon role with the Astros this year.
Maxwell changes gloves, returns to plate
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/31/2012) For the first time in more than a week, Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell was able to take his turns at the plate Thursday, as he served as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement in an 8-4 loss to the Giants. Maxwell has been out since Aug. 21 with a bruised right index finger, but a switch to a different batting glove has allowed him to take swings again. "We had to modify the batting glove and put some padding on it so I'll finish out the rest of the season and allow it to fully heal in the offseason so I can help the team win some games here in September, if not today," he told MLB.com. Maxwell finished the game 0 for 2 with two strikeouts.