PHOTO: Houston Astros top prospect Delino DeShields face swollen after HBP

  • David Whitlock

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):

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):

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.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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