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Maxwell to miss 4-6 weeks after ankle procedure

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell, who's expected to miss four to six weeks after he undergoes a procedure to remove two loose bodies in his left ankle, will be examined in Houston on Thursday morning by Dr. Kevin Varner, who will perform the procedure.

Maxwell, who has not played in the outfield since June 20 due to lingering discomfort in the ankle, will undergo an arthroscopic procedure within the next week to remove the loose bodies. He has eight home runs and 24 RBIs in 61 games this season, including a Major League-best three pinch-hit homers.

"We'll get it taken care of and I'll be able to play the last half of the season, instead of trying to play through a nagging injury and having surgery in August and wasting time," Maxwell said.

Maxwell hoped to play through the condition, but he was experiencing discomfort after his most recent pinch-hit at-bat on Monday. A cortisone shot took care of some of the symptoms, but not enough to play through the pain.

"It's frustrating, but I need to get it taken care of," Maxwell said.

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell, who's expected to miss four to six weeks after he undergoes a procedure to remove two loose bodies in his left ankle, will be examined in Houston on Thursday morning by Dr. Kevin Varner, who will perform the procedure.

Maxwell, who has not played in the outfield since June 20 due to lingering discomfort in the ankle, will undergo an arthroscopic procedure within the next week to remove the loose bodies. He has eight home runs and 24 RBIs in 61 games this season, including a Major League-best three pinch-hit homers.

"We'll get it taken care of and I'll be able to play the last half of the season, instead of trying to play through a nagging injury and having surgery in August and wasting time," Maxwell said.

Maxwell hoped to play through the condition, but he was experiencing discomfort after his most recent pinch-hit at-bat on Monday. A cortisone shot took care of some of the symptoms, but not enough to play through the pain.

"It's frustrating, but I need to get it taken care of," Maxwell said.

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