Latest news: In today's roster move, the Rangers have activated outfielder Delino DeShields from the disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, utility infielder Hanser Alberto has been optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock.
After getting off to a surprisingly good start to his big league career as a Rule 5 draftee that saw him ascend to the leadoff spot in the lineup, DeShields suffered a hamstring injury on June 14 that kept him on the disabled list for three weeks. DeShields played in six games for Round Rock on rehab and hit .308/.333/.423.
DeShields also played all nine innings in center field on Friday without an issue which was the final hurdle before the Rangers were ready to bring him back up.
Alberto played 25 games with the Rangers but his role had become limited with the return of Rougned Odor. In 78 plate appearances, Alberto hit .247/.267/.301 for Texas.
DeShields' return might once again spell a DL trip for Josh Hamilton. Hamilton admittedly wasn't 100% when he returned to the lineup last week and wasn't in the lineup last night after reporting soreness in his hampered legs. Hamilton is also sitting again tonight against LHP C.J. Wilson so it's something to keep an eye on.