Maxwell, who was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's second-half opener against the Giants, made it back quickly because doctors determined there was a non-surgical treatment for the loose bodies in his ankle. He may need surgery eventually, though.
"It depends," Maxwell said. "If I'm totally pain free I may not have it all, but if it comes back and bothers me, we'll address it."
For now, he feels great.
"Before, it hurt every time I swung the bat," he said, "but I didn't feel anything at all during my rehab stint."
The Astros are thrilled to have Maxwell back. The outfielder hit eight homers in just 121 at-bats before he was hurt. He was batting in the No. 3 spot on Friday.
"When he's played he's shown some pop," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "He can do some things for us. He covers a lot of ground in the outfield. Getting a guy like that in the lineup is a definite benefit."
Mills said Maxwell will get some playing time against right-handed pitchers, too. On Friday, he faced Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.