Maxwell plays despite bone chip in ankle

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--OF Justin Maxwell is listed as day-to-day after an MRI revealed a bone chip in his left ankle. Manager Brad Mills said Maxwell would be closely monitored and that he would be available as long as the bone chip doesn't affect any ligaments or joints. The discomfort has been there most of the season, and Maxwell likely will have to play through it for the remainder of the season, Mills said. Maxwell drew a walk in a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh inning Friday.

--As part of the organization's 50th anniversary celebration, Joe Morgan, who was the first All-Star in franchise history, was inducted into the Astros Walk of Fame. Morgan played for the Colt .45s from 1963-64 ad with the Astros from 1965-71 before he was traded to Cincinnati, where he was a member of the Big Red Machine that won World Series titles in 1975-76. But the biggest highlight of his Hall of Fame career? "The first day I buttoned up that Colt .45s uniform," he said. "This was my first team. I will never forget my first few years in Houston."

--OF Travis Buck, who is on the disabled list due to right Achilles tendinitis, will play the field and be used at designated hitter this weekend in a rehab assignment for Class AA Corpus Christi. In his first four games with Corpus Christi, he has gone 1-for-9 with three walks and four strikeouts.

--RHP Bud Norris is scheduled to make a rehab start for Class AAA Oklahoma City on Saturday. Norris is currently on the disabled list due to a sprained left knee.

--INF Marwin Gonzalez (bruised right heel) is still about a week away from heading out on rehab assignment. "We have to get him pain-free in that heel before we can head him out," manager Brad Mills said.

--OF Fernando Martinez went a combined 2-for-4 with two RBI in his first two rehab games for Class AAA Oklahoma City. He has been on the disabled list since June 9 due to post-concussion syndrome.

--1B Carlos Lee was running a little late to the ballpark Friday afternoon after getting stuck in massive traffic on the main highway corridor to Minute Maid Park. He arrived in time for batting practice, but not before keeping manager Brad Mills updated on his traffic nightmare. "He was panicking," Mills said. "He was sending me photos of traffic."

--1B Beau Mills, the son of Astros manager Brad Mills, was traded from the Indians to the Reds for cash considerations Thursday. Mills, the No. 13 overall pick in the 2007 draft, will report to Class AA Pensacola. "It has a chance to be very good for him," Mills said. Beau Mills hit .197/.239/.394 with seven homers and 21 RBI in 39 games for the Indians' Class AAA Columbus affiliate this season.

BY THE NUMBERS
.181 -- Batting average for the Astros (17-for-94) in three consecutive losses to the Royals and Indians.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's still early, but we have to push our way out of it. We have to swing our way out of it." -- C Chris Snyder, on the Astros' hitting woes.

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