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Justin Maxwell sits with sore thumb

In his second at-bat last night, Justin Maxwell swung at inside fastball from Kyle Kendrick and jammed his right thumb. He felt it throbbing. When he returned to the dugout, it starting hurting more and more. "His thumb really blew up," Manager Jim Riggleman said.

Less than two games into a potentially crucial stretch in his career, Maxwell had suffered a minor injury at the worst time. He told Riggleman he would play defense for half an inning, but he would need to leave the game the next time his spot came up in the lineup.

"I couldn't even hold the bat," Maxwell said.

So today, in what should be part of an eight-game showcase for Maxwell as Nyjer Morgan serves his suspension, Maxwell will rest his thumb as Willie Harris takes his place and Roger Bernadina moves to center field. The timing is "frustrating" for Maxwell, who also said he should return to the lineup either Monday or Tuesday.

"I was really looking forward to the opportunity of running him out there for about seven or eight days straight, get some consistent at-bats, get a little better read on what we have there," Riggleman said. "That's very unfortunate this happened."

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 19, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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All you have to do is jam him to put him on the shelf. They'll jam him up so bad next season he'll need a prosthetic thumb.

Posted by: Brue | September 19, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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