DeShields day to day with mild hamstring strain

Outfield prospect trying to win a spot on big league club

DeShields day to day with mild hamstring strain

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Delino DeShields, a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Astros, is day to day with what is being described as mild right hamstring strain. He had to come out of Friday's 3-0 win over the Giants after going 2-for-3 at the plate. DeShields reached on a bunt single and a double.

He is trying to show he can win a spot on the Rangers as at least a fourth outfielder. If he is not on the Opening Day roster, he has to be offered back to the Astros for $25,000 unless a trade can be completed.

The Rangers know DeShields can run and play defense. What they are trying to assess now is if he can hit well enough to earn a spot on the team. He is 3-for-17 at the plate.

"It's fun to see his speed come into play," manager Jeff Banister said. "Those are things the scouts talk about, the speed element, and [the bat] has shown up a few times this spring. Obviously we know what he can do on the bases, but we need to see what other skills he can show. His at-bats have been good. We have seen some nice things show up."

The Rangers don't expect DeShields to be out long. But every day that he misses lessens the Rangers' chances of getting to evaluate him.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.