Hot-hitting Maxwell unlikely to find spot in Bronx

Hot-hitting Maxwell unlikely to find spot in Bronx

Hot-hitting Maxwell unlikely to find spot in Bronx
MIAMI -- Justin Maxwell seems to have done everything right this spring, but as camp draws to a close, the Yankees still may not have any room for him.

The 28-year-old outfielder entered play on Monday batting .317 (13-for-41) with five doubles and 11 RBIs in 24 Grapefruit League games, and because he is out of Minor League options, it is possible the Yankees could attempt to use him in a trade.

"It has been a long last week, but I'm trying to take it one day at a time, one pitch at a time," Maxwell said. "You try to break it up that way. I'm just excited for the season to start, wherever that may be. Hopefully it's here in New York."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Maxwell has impressed this spring, but because Andruw Jones is on board as the club's designated hitter against left-handed pitching, there isn't much of an opportunity.

"He's had a good spring, no doubt about it," Girardi said. "I can't tell you what's going to happen over the next few days, but he's had a very good spring. Andruw has been the guy we kind of brought in for the left-handers. Maxy, we'll continue to evaluate and see if something happens."

Maxwell played just 48 games last year at Triple-A, with his season cut short in June by a torn right labrum suffered on a defensive play in Indianapolis, bringing a home run ball back into the park.

"I feel pretty good. I was just excited to get back on the field; it was a long rehab process last year," Maxwell said. "I felt like the team had all the pieces lined up for me rehab-wise, and Dr. [Christopher] Ahmad did a great job with my surgery. I'm just happy to be back and 100 percent."