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Delino DeShields placed on DL with broken left hand

Trainers looked at the left hand of Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields in the seventh inning Friday night. DeShields was out of the lineup and having an MRI on Saturday afternoon.
Trainers looked at the left hand of Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields in the seventh inning Friday night. DeShields was out of the lineup and having an MRI on Saturday afternoon. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields has been moved to the 10-day disabled list after breaking his left hand during an at-bat Friday night.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said DeShields was to have an MRI Saturday afternoon. Carlos Tocci, who the Rangers acquired in the Rule 5 Draft in December, made his major league debut Saturday by starting in center field.

DeShields, scheduled to be examined by Dr. Dr. Thomas DiLiberti on Monday morning, is expected to miss four to six weeks. He's likely to have surgery soon. Right-hander Nick Gardewine was recalled from Triple A Round Rock to take DeShields' roster spot.

DeShields broke his hand in the seventh inning during his final at-bat. The break came on the follow through of his first swing.

"I thought it might be a pinched nerve. I’ve never experienced anything like that," said DeShields, who couldn't squeeze his hand when he woke up Saturday morning. "

DeShields said he's in good spirits despite the bad timing of the injury with the season just underway.

"I have the right mentality to go about it. They say four to six weeks, but I’m aiming for three," he said. "I’m trying to get back. I’ve dealt with worse."

DeShields was hit by a pitch in the face while playing in the Astros' minor league system in 2014.

On Friday, DeShields walked in that final at-bat and scored on Joey Gallo's double in the seventh inning. But his hand was swelling by the time he got back to the dugout.

Before Saturday's game and before an MRI revealed the severity of the injury, manager Jeff Banister signaled his concern.

"Given the look of the hand, I don't expect this is going to be just a one-day event," Banister said.

DeShields broke his hamate bone, an injury that has become more prevalent in recent years. DeShields said he didn't take the news very well but is in a good place now.

"I didn’t really take it that well when they told me about it, but it is what it is and it’s part of the process," he said. "I’m supposed to be the center fielder, I’m supposed to be the lead-off hitter. Those were the plans going into the year. I worked my tail off in spring. I don’t like feeling like I’m letting my team down, letting the fans down. So I had to take a minute and regroup and look at the positive side of it."

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister heaped praise on the bullpen after it tossed four scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

Drew Robinson, Ryan Rua are also options in center field, Banister said, who added that Jurickson Profar could be used in the outfield. Profar would likely play left field in that scenario.

"Obviously, we feel for Delino in this situation," Banister said. "We’re not going to replace him with the same impact player in the lineup. When you shuffle the lineup and move it around, to some degree, it puts a couple of guys out of where we feel is our best operating lineup. We need for some other guys to fill in and do some things to help us win."

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