The Rangers scored their first win of the season on Friday night, but that comes at a price. Leadoff man and midfielder Delino DeShields sustained an injury, and Dallas Morning News reports that it is a broken Hamamus in DeShield's wrist that needs surgery and has to be paused for at least six weeks.
Two games in season, that's a pretty rough punch.
DeShields established himself as a good lead-off man last season when he went down in a .347 clip and stole 29 bases in 37 attempts. He also played a very good midfield and scored a plus-six in defense runs, which were saved in just 383 innings.
The Rangers will now mix the roster and the lineup. Let's take a look.
Elvis Andrus will be cast as lead-off hitter on Saturday, answering the question who the substitute is. Andrus had finished third. Adrian Beltre is now in third place with Nomar Mazara.
Defending the rangers on Saturday with Carlos Tocci in the center, Drew Robinson is on the left. Tocci will make his MLB debut. Rule 5 is mainly played in the minors, so he is good in defense, but he is far from safe with the bat, a career in youth with only 1
Robinson has some experience in the midst as a pro, but it is extremely limited and there are also concerns about his bat (.224 / .314 / .439 as a rookie last season).
Jurickson Profar saw a rise in play time in the left field, with Tocci and Robinson also being used more in the middle.
From there I can not help but wander in thoughts to Willie Calhoun. The prospect was voted number 36 this spring by Baseball America and was selected by some (including myself) to win AL Rookie of the Year. He beat .300 / .355 / .572 with 27 doubles, six triples and 31 homers in 128 games in Triple-A last year. He got a cup of coffee on the show last season and only hit .265 / .324 / .353 with a homer in 34 at-bats, but that's a small rehearsal and his first outing to the big ones.
Calhoun must play a corner, but I'm just wondering if the DeShields injury will bring Calhoun's ticket back to the majors with a Tocci / Robinson move (Tocci swings right-handed while Robinson is left) until DeShields is in the middle all the way back.
Needless to say that the DeShields injury has a pretty significant ripple effect when Rangers' lineup, lineup and defensive alignment is changed.