Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields exited Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury, the Dallas Morning News reports.
DeShields was seen speaking with trainers after exiting the field in the sixth inning and shortly after he was replaced by pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland . While the extent and severity of the injury are an unknown at this time, more information should be available sometime after the game.
The Rangers didn't elaborate much on the knee injury that forced DeShields from Saturday's game and kept him out Sunday, but evidently it was a minor issue, as he's back in the lineup following Monday's off day. DeShields has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, but is somehow still batting just .207/.254/.293 for the month of September.
He didn't receive any attention from trainers while on the bench, so it seems like he was just removed for precautionary reasons. However, more information should be available after the game.
DeShields went 2 for 3 with a triple, two RBI, and two runs scored in the 10-1 blowout over the Mariners.
"I think it's really just based on how much I can tolerate," DeShields said. "The ligament isn't going to snap. A lot of it is going to be mental based on how the knee feels."
After suffering a left knee sprain during Monday's game, which caused him to be held out of Tuesday's starting lineup,
"I feel better than I thought I would feel," DeShields said. "I'm not trying to do too much, but I can walk on it fine. We're trying [aggressive] treatment to get it back to normal. Everything I did [Tuesday] was fine. I didn't have any issues so we'll just go from there."
With DeShields relying on the knee for his speed, he wants to be cautious with the injury.
"I am going to be smart about it and not rush it," DeShields said. "If I can't help the team the way I can since I have been playing, I'm not going to be selfish just to be out there. When I'm ready to give what I can, I'll be out there."
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