A's catcher Bruce Maxwell can't travel to Canada after disorderly conduct incident

The Oakland Athletics are going to need another catcher when they travel to Toronto on Thursday. Backup catcher Bruce Maxwell is not allowed to enter Canada due to his current legal situation, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Maxwell was charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated assault last October after allegedly pointing a gun at a food delivery person. Maxwell reached a plea deal in which he will plead guilty to disorderly conduct, but he hasn’t been sentenced yet. That’s why he will not be able to travel to Canada.

Maxwell’s sentencing will take place June 4.

The 27-year-old Maxwell captured the baseball world’s attention when he became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel for the national anthem in 2017. Maxwell has stood for the anthem in 2018.

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Sep 24, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell (13) kneels during the national anthem as right fielder Mark Canha (20) places his hand on his shoulder before a game against the Texas Rangers at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell (13) kneels during the national anthem as right fielder Mark Canha (20) places his hand on his shoulder before a game against the Texas Rangers at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics kneels as teammate Mark Canha #20 places his hand on Maxwell's shoulder during the singing of the National Anthem before their MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics kneels as teammate Mark Canha #20 places his hand on Maxwell's shoulder during the singing of the National Anthem before their MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics kneels during the singing of the National Anthem before his MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics kneels during the singing of the National Anthem before his MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics embraces teammate Mark Canha after Maxwell kneel during the singing of the National Anthem before their MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Oct 1, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell (13) takes a knee during the National Anthem, as teammate right fielder Mark Canha (20) places his hand on his left shoulder prior to a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
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As Slusser notes, the team could turn to either Josh Phegley or Beau Taylor as a replacement. The Athletics will likely send Maxwell to the minors in order to make the move. Due to MLB option rules, Maxwell would have to remain in the minors for 10 days before he’s recalled.

After signing Jonathan Lucroy in the offseason, Maxwell has moved into a backup role in 2018. Over 41 plate appearances, he’s hitting .211/.244/.316.

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