After losing Josh Hamilton to a hamstring injury earlier this month, the Rangers had to place outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. on the 15-day disabled list today with a left hamstring strain.
DeShields, who is batting .269/.358/.386 with 12 RBI and 13 steals in 48 games this season, suffered the injury yesterday while trying to track down a fly ball off the bat of Twins outfielder Shane Robinson in the sixth inning. According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, he’s expected to miss around three weeks.
The Rangers have called up second baseman Rougned Odor to replace DeShields on the active roster. The 21-year-old was demoted last month after batting just .144 with one home run and a .486 OPS over his first 29 games this season, but he put up a monster .352/.426/.639 batting line with five home runs and 19 RBI in 30 games with Triple-A Round Rock.
With DeShields out, Joey Gallo is making his first major league start in left field tonight against the Dodgers. He made six starts in left field during his time with Double-A Frisco this season and it’s possible he could stick there when Adrian Beltre returns from his thumb injury.
From Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish comes word that the Cardinals have cut ties with outfielder Shane Robinson, a fifth-round pick from the 2006 draft who has appeared in a total of 268 major league games.
Robinson set records at Florida State University and has produced promising numbers at the upper levels of the minor leagues, but the 30-year-old batted just .150/.227/.200 across 66 plate appearances this past season for St. Louis and he is a weak .231/.303/.308 career hitter in parts of five big league campaigns.
Monday’s acquisition of Jason Heyward made Robinson all the more expendable.
He’s a pretty good defender and should be able to find a new organization quickly.
Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson injured his left shoulder sliding into second base in the ninth inning Monday night and will travel back to St. Louis for further examination.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals think Robinson suffered a partially dislocated shoulder, with manager Mike Matheny saying that “it looks like it’s in pretty bad shape.”
Now that Matheny has come to his senses regarding rookie Oscar Taveras’ playing time Robinson was likely to spend most of September on the bench anyway, but he’s been a decent backup outfielder for St. Louis during the past three seasons and offers a lot of speed in situational roles.
When the Cardinals traded Allen Craig to the Red Sox for John Lackey the assumption was that the move had two goals for St. Louis: One was to bring in rotation help with Lackey and the other was to clear an everyday spot in the outfield and the lineup for stud prospect Oscar Taveras.
However, now the 22-year-old rookie is struggling with a .206 batting average and .530 OPS through 45 games and it seems as though manager Mike Matheny has decided to bench him. And it’s not the first time, as Matheny has previously held Taveras out of the lineup more often than Cardinals fans would like, before and after the Craig trade.
With a right-handed pitcher on the mound for the Padres in Tyson Ross the Cardinals have the left-handed-hitting Taveras on the bench for the second straight game in favor of the right-handed-hitting Shane Robinson.
Robinson is a 29-year-old career .232 hitter with a .615 OPS who has barely been able to stick around with the Cardinals as a fifth outfielder, so clearly something is up. Taveras, who was Baseball America’s third-ranked prospect both this season and last season, hit .318 with an .872 OPS at Triple-A this year.