Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell will be forced to miss his team's four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays next week due to ongoing legal issues that will prevent him from entering Canada, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Maxwell was charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated assault with a weapon after he allegedly pulled a gun on a food delivery woman in October. He pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge last month and will be sentenced on June 4.
Because he has yet to be sentenced, Maxwell will not be allowed to cross the border when the A's travel to Toronto due to Canadian immigration laws, Slusser reports. The original weapons charge brought against him would also disqualify him from entering the country, though that count is being dropped as part of the plea agreement.
As he won't be able to play in Toronto, the Athletics will likely be forced to option Maxwell to Triple-A Nashville in order to avoid playing the series with a 24-man roster; presumably, another catcher would then be called up in his place. Maxwell would be required to stay in the minors for at least 10 days if he's sent down.
The 27-year-old Maxwell is hitting .211/.244/.316 with three RBIs in 13 games for the Athletics this season.
Oakland's four-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre is set to begin Thursday. It's the team's only scheduled trip to Canada this season.