Tocci was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a bruised left hip.
Tocci went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts and a hit by pitch Saturday against the Mariners, so it's likely he suffered the injury at some point during that contest. With Delino DeShields (hand) returning from the DL on Sunday in a corresponding transaction, Tocci was bound to see a reduction in playing time even if he had escaped Saturday's game without an injury.
Tocci (back) is starting in center field and batting ninth against the Mariners on Saturday.
Tocci has been receiving treatment on his back after slamming into the wall in Tampa Bay, but is apparently healthy enough to earn the start. The Rule-5 pick has understandably struggled this season, going 2-for-23 with 10 strikeouts.
Tocci has been getting daily treatment on his back since slamming into the wall in Tampa Bay while leaping for a ball, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
This likely has minimal fantasy impact, as Tocci is a fifth outfielder with just two hits in his first 23 at-bats in the major leagues. The Rule 5 pick could face a stint on the disabled list if the Rangers want to clear a spot on the active roster for Delino DeShields (hand), who played a second game of a rehabilitation assignment Friday.
Tocci started a second consecutive game in center field Monday and went 0-for-3 in an 8-4 loss to the Rays.
With Delino DeShields Jr. (hand) possibly returning in two weeks, manager Jeff Banister has a window of time to evaluate Tocci, a Rule 5 selection during the offseason. The manager told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com prior to the game that he wants to give Tocci a few games in a row and is prioritizing defense in center field, which is the 22-year-old's strength. Hitting, on the other hand, hasn't been a forte. Tocci has one hit in 16 at-bats.
Tocci will start in center field and bat ninth in Wednesday's game against the Athletics.
This will be Tocci's second start since the Rangers lost Delino Shields (hand) for at least one month. In Tocci's first start, he went hitless in four at-bats and struck out twice. As a Rule 5 pick this past winter, he's very much a project.
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