DeShields went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, a walk and a stolen base during Sunday's 2-1 win over the Royals. Making his third consecutive start after being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock in the wake of the injury to Shin-Soo Choo (back), DeShields was an impact performer Sunday, smacking the eventual game-winning solo shot to left in the seventh inning. DeShields should have regular opportunities to contribute, as his speed brings another dimension to the offense, and he could carve out some fantasy value for himself if he can continue to provide a bit of pop as well.
DeShields is batting leadoff and starting in left field for Friday's game against the Royals. Friday marks DeShields' first start since being recalled by the Rangers earlier in the week. He struggled mightily through the first month of the season with a .217/.294/.302 slash line over 30 games. His inability to hit left-handed pitching (.154/.240/.154) was on display during that stretch, which does not bode well for his chances Friday as he'll be facing hard-throwing southpaw Danny Duffy.
DeShields was recalled by the Rangers on Wednesday. The Rangers were dealt a pair of difficult developments Thursday with Prince Fielder (neck) and Shin-Soo Choo (back) both landing on the disabled list. With that, DeShields will rejoin the Rangers after a disappointing first stint with the big league club earlier in the season. He slashed .217/.294/.302 with two home runs and 32 strikeouts in his first 106 at-bats before being sent down to Triple-A. DeShields did manage to turn things around at the dish a bit while at Round Rock, however, slashing .261/.367/.353 over 207 at-bats.
DeShields was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. The writing seemed to be on the wall for DeShields, who has limped to a .217/.294/.302 line in 30 games so far this season. He's also been caught on the basepaths three times in seven attempts. Ian Desmond manned center field in the Rangers' last game Wednesday and is slated to do so again Friday. Reliever Matt Bush was recalled to take DeShields' spot on the active roster.
DeShields is out of the lineupfor Wednesday's game against the White Sox. The slumping DeShields got a chance to hit at the top of the order Tuesday and he responded by going 1-for-4 with a run and a strikeout, but he will take a seat for the series finale Wednesday. Ian Desmond will slide over to take DeShields' place in center field while Ryan Rua remains in the lineup as the Rangers' left fielder.