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Delino DeShields to miss six weeks with broken hamate bone

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Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields has a broken hamate bone in his left hand, the Rangers announced Saturday. DeShields sustained the injury during Friday’s 5-1 win over the Astros and experienced significant swelling in his hand after the game. He underwent an MRI on Saturday and is expected to miss at least six weeks in recovery. Reliever Nick Gardewine was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to fill his roster spot.

Losing DeShields for any significant amount of time would have a lasting impact on the Rangers’ outfield and lineup configuration. Not only is he the club’s most talented and experienced defender, but he entered the 2018 season as their first choice for leadoff hitter as well. The 25-year-old outfielder is coming off of his best career year to date, one in which he slashed .269/.347/.367 with six home runs and 29 stolen bases in 440 PA.

Without DeShields, the Rangers have precious few options in center field. They’re expected to try Jurickson Profar in the outfield again and will likely stash him in the corner with some combination of Drew Robinson, Ryan Rua and Rule 5 pick Carlos Tocci covering center, though it’s worth nothing that none of the three come close to matching DeShields’ extensive major league experience or leadoff potential. For Saturday’s game against the Astros, Tocci is slated to cover center field while Robinson takes over in left. Elvis Andrus, meanwhile, will assume DeShields’ leadoff spot, leaving the no. 3 position wide open for Adrian Beltre.

Masahiro Tanaka released from hospital after taking line drive to head

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive during a simulated game on Saturday afternoon. He remained on the ground for a while before exiting the field with the help of trainers. He went to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and was released in the evening.

Per James Wagner of The New York Times, Tanaka entered the hospital with concussion-like symptoms but they went away. Tanaka underwent a series of tests, including a CT scan, and checked out fine. The right-hander will still likely undergo MLB’s concussion protocol.

Tanaka, 31, will pitch out of the middle of the Yankees’ rotation behind Gerrit Cole and James Paxton during this shortened 60-game season. Tanaka had an up-and-down 2019 campaign, finishing with a 4.45 ERA, 149 strikeouts, and 40 walks over 182 innings of work. He is entering the final year of his seven-year, $155 million contract, so he may enter free agency after the season.