Batting-glove changes allow Maxwell to hit

Batting-glove changes allow Maxwell to hit

HOUSTON -- A few days after undergoing a pain-killing injection and now after adding some protection to his batting glove, Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell was available to hit Thursday for the first time since being scratched from the lineup Aug. 22 with a bruised right index finger.

Maxwell, who hasn't hit in a game since going 1-for-4 on Aug. 21, has been limited to pinch-running and defensive duties. He wasn't in the lineup Thursday, but he was eager to bat. He entered Thursday hitting .236 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs.

"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 said.

Maxwell was on the disabled list in late June and early July for loose bodies I his left ankle and briefly considered having surgery. He said none of the injuries he's experienced this year are going to require him to have surgery at the end of the year.

"My foot, I never had that problem before and the rest I had took care of it and it hasn't been an issue at all," he said. "It nagged me for the whole month of June, and the hand is the first time for this injury, too. It's been weird injuries. With a full offseason of rest and rehab and whatnot, I'll be fine."