PHOTO: Houston Astros top prospect Delino DeShields face swollen after HBP
Every batter’s worst nightmare in the batter’s box is to be hit in the face. Broken jaws, noses, or even facial bones have led to careers ending. Houston Astros top prospect 2B/CF Delino DeShields Jr. lived that nightmare on Friday night. His swollen face tells the story, here’s hoping there is no further damage and he’s back on the field soon. DeShields retweeted a friend’s twitter photo of the scary swelling (via @LinoDeShields and @CTCase10):
— Tanner Case (@ctcase10) April 19, 2014
DeShields Jr. later tweeted a “thumbs up” to his fans, showing that, despite what might even be worse swelling, he’s in good spirits (via @LinoDeShields):
To anyone that is concerned as you can see I’m doing fantastic! Blessed to see another day! Always smiling lol pic.twitter.com/C5koD0Z5t9
— Delino DeShields (@LinoDeShields) April 19, 2014
DeShields Jr., son of former Montreal Expos (among others) middle infielder Delino DeShields Sr., was the number eight overall pick in the 2010 Amateur Draft out of high school. Best known for his speed, including stealing 101 bases in 2012 in the minors, he’s a significant part of the Astros youth movement after suffering 324 losses the past three seasons. No word yet on recovery time, but I’m sure the Astros will be careful.
– David Whitlock