BOSTON – Things go from bad to worse for Delino DeShields.
After stretching his hitless streak to 22 at-bats over the first five innings, DeShields left the game in the sixth after a diving attempt on a catch in which he appeared to hit the ground hard. DeShields was examined by assistant athletic trainer Matt Lucero on the field for several minutes before walking off. He was being examined in the neck and shoulder area after landing on his back.
He does not have a hit in the first seven games of the 10-game road trip. It only further highlights his road troubles this year. He his hitting just .158 for 133 road at-bats.
The Rangers chose not to use backup center fielder – and rarely-used Carlos Tocci – to replace DeShields. Instead, Ronald Guzman entered the game at first base and Ryan Rua, who started at first, moved to center.