Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields Jr. suffered a mild left knee sprain while trying to steal third base in the top of the seventh inning Monday against the Mariners and is out of Texas’ starting lineup on Tuesday.
Will Venable will start in center and bat leadoff.
DeShields looked to be in a good deal of pain on Monday in Seattle, but he told reporters that he is aiming to return to action Wednesday.
This is crunch time for the Rangers, who entered play Tuesday with a flimsy 1 1/2 game lead on the second American League Wild Card spot. DeShields has been a nice surprise in 2015, slashing .256/.344/.375 with 22 stolen bases and 63 runs scored in 99 games played.
As scheduled, Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been activated from the disabled list and will start Tuesday night against the White Sox after missing three consecutive turns with inflammation in his throwing shoulder.
Carrasco did not make a minor league rehab start, but he looked sharp in an intensive bullpen session Saturday and has experienced no lingering discomfort in his upper right arm in the days since.
The 28-year-old has registered a 3.53 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 173/32 K/BB ratio in 158 innings this season for the Tribe.
He can now finish 2015 with a few more positive notes.
Major League Baseball just issued this official press release …
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
New York Yankees Minor League shortstop Holman Miranda has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension of Miranda, who is currently on the roster of one of the Club’s Dominican Summer League teams, will be effective at the start of next season.
Detroit Tigers Minor League outfielder Magglio Ordoñez, Jr. has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a Drug of Abuse. The suspension of Ordoñez, who is currently on the roster of the Club’s Gulf Coast League affiliate, will be effective at the start of next season.
Miranda, a 17-year-old from Nicaragua, was batting .240/.358/.315 with zero home runs in 40 games for the Yankees’ affiliate in the Dominican Summer League.
Ordonez Jr., the 19-year-old son of former White Sox and Tigers great Magglio Ordonez, was slashing .108/.214/.108 with zero homers through 19 games in the Gulf Coast League.
Neither player would be considered a prospect at this point.