The 22-year-old DeShields, who was selected eighth overall in the 2010 MLB draft, hit .236 with 11 home runs, 14 doubles, 57 RBI, 75 runs and 54 stolen bases in 114 games at Double-A in 2014. He had 101 stolen bases during the 2012 season.
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The team is hopeful DeShields can return when it comes back from a road trip.
"DeShields is progressing, and he might be in lineup in the next 10 days," general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com Friday. "I think that's a possibility. We need to be cautious any time someone gets hit in the head, so we're going through concussion protocol with him."
DeShields was hit in the face with a pitch last week, suffering a fractured cheekbone. "With a non displaced fracture, sometimes those things can heal up pretty quickly," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We’ll wait and see. He’s going to start some activities as tolerated."
DeShields may be able to expedite his return with the help of a protective mask, though the team isn't committed to going that route with the prospect.
DeShields was hit in the face with a 90 mph fastball Friday night. The fracture is non-displaced. He was one of the team's late cuts during camp.
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