Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has reinstated outfielder Delino DeShields from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock.
DeShields was placed on the disabled list on June 15 with a left hamstring strain. He was injured while playing left field in the 6th inning of a game on June 14 against Minnesota while trying to run down an eventual triple hit by Shane Robinson. DeShields played 6 games on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Round Rock, hitting safely in 5 of 6 contests at .308 (8-26) with 3 doubles and 2 RBI. He went 1-for-6 with an RBI as the starting centerfielder in his last contest on Friday at Iowa.
DeShields has batted .269 with 9 doubles, 4 triples, 12 RBI, and 32 runs scored over 48 games with the Rangers this season in his first major league action. Despite missing over two weeks on the disabled list, DeShields still ranks 3rd on the club in runs and is tied for the team lead with 13 stolen bases. His 13 steals are also tied for 8th-most overall in the American League and rank 2nd among major league rookies this season, while his 6 bunt hits are tied for the A.L. lead. The Rangers have a 13-7 record when DeShields starts in the leadoff slot.
Alberto batted .247 (18-73) with 3 RBI and 9 runs scored over 25 games since being recalled from Round Rock on May 28. He had started one of the Rangers' last 12 games.
With these transactions, the Rangers are still at the 40-player limit on the club's major league roster.