OF Justin Maxwell estimated to return in 4-6 weeks

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today that OF Justin Maxwell, who fractured his left hand on Tuesday, is estimated to return to competition in 4-6 weeks. LHP Rudy Owens, who is on the club's 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. The announcements were made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

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 of Astros baseball before exiting Tuesday's game vs. Seattle after the 4th inning. The injury occurred on a hit by pitch by Seattle starter RHP Hisashi Iwakuma.

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 and is estimated to return to game action in 4-5 months. Owens made four appearances for Oklahoma City this season, posting a 3.71 ERA (7ER/17IP).