Delino DeShields was the starting left fielder for the Texas Rangers on Thursday, and top prospect Joey Gallo will not be an option at the position while Josh Hamilton is on the disabled list.
Manager Jeff Banister said that Gallo will continue to play third base during Adrian Beltre’s recover from an injured left thumb, and that asking Gallo to play the outfield would be one helping too much on his crowded plate.
Gallo played only a handful of game in left field with Double A Frisco before his promotion. With no plans to play him there, he remains on track for only a brief stint to open his big-league career.
“I think Joey is a really good athlete,” Banister said. “I think Joey could go play in the outfield. I know everyone wants this young man to produce and stay here, but just let him play.”
Kyle Blanks could be an option as soon as Tuesday. The pain associated with a procedure to remove a cyst near his tailbone has improved, and he will travel with the Rangers to Kansas City to ramp up his activities.
Hamilton received a platelet-rich plasma injection to help speed up his recovery from a strained left hamstring, but the outfielder won’t begin baseball activities for at least a week.
Hamilton said that he had been dealing with the injury throughout his hastened return to the majors and aggravated it Sunday as he streaked to second base on his game-winning two-run double.
He had been wrapping his hamstring, but it wasn’t wrapped Sunday.
“Whatever situation it is, you pick yourself up and move forward,” Hamilton said. “I’m going to let pain be my guide. I’ve always traditionally healed pretty fast from things. That first week is important to let Mother Nature and medicine to it’s job.”
The Rangers put Hamilton on the disabled list and activated left-hander Ross Detwiler, who will pitch multiple innings and also be used in left-on-left situations.
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