Maxwell opts against surgery, back with Astros

Maxwell opts against surgery, back with Astros

Maxwell opts against surgery, back with Astros
PITTSBURGH -- Outfielder Justin Maxwell rejoined the team on Tuesday after deciding not to have surgery to remove the loose bodies in his left ankle. He was originally set to have surgery, but orthopedist Dr. Kevin Varner in Houston said the issue could be resolved non-surgically.

"He felt confident I would be able not to have surgery," said Maxwell, who's eligible to come off the disabled list after the All-Star break. "So I think this week I will just rest and maybe some time when we go back home I'll go on rehab."

The Astros are hoping Maxwell, who has eight home runs in 121 at-bats this year, can rehab at Double-A Corpus Christi during the All-Star break. Maxwell tested the ankle over the weekend by running, hitting and sprinting, and he had no problems.

"I feel 100 percent," he said. "[Varner] said hopefully it won't bother me the rest of the season and I can revisit it at the end of the year and get it scoped and taken care of and you won't have issues again."