The Texas Rangers' win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday wasn't without one major scare.
The victory helped the Rangers pull to within two games of the first-place Houston Astros, but center fielder Delino DeShields suffered a knee injury in an awkward slide into third base in the seventh inning. At first, the play - and DeShields' reaction - looked rather serious, but word after the game was that he sustained a 'mild knee sprain' and should miss about a day of action, give or take a couple.
Obviously, that's a less dire result than what it could have been had he torn anything. As he told MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, he feared the worst during the play: "I thought it was worse initially, but when they took me out, everything seemed in place. I'll probably be sore tomorrow, but we'll see how I feel when I get to the park. My knee will tell me when I'm ready to go."
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DeShields was slow to react at third base but eventually realized the injury wasn't as bad as he first thought: "Initially, I thought something popped," DeShields told Sullivan. "When I was on the ground, I was afraid to get up. But I got up, put pressure on it and I was fine."
That sounds like a positive for the Rangers, who have enjoyed having DeShields in center and in the lineup. Since employing him as the leadoff hitter on May 22, the Rangers have gone 43-28 as they continue fighting for a postseason berth.