With Gomez out, DeShields shifts to center

No timetable for veteran Texas OF (mild high ankle sprain)

With Gomez out, DeShields shifts to center

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez remains on crutches as he deals with a mild high sprain in his right ankle. There is no timetable as to when Gomez will be back, but it's not going to be anytime soon.

"The doctor doesn't want me to put any weight on it for the next couple of days," Gomez said. "There is nothing I can do. I'm going to try and be ready as fast as I can, but I am going to do what they want me to do."

Gomez injured the ankle in the second inning of Saturday's game coming out of the batter's box on a routine grounder. He has already been on the disabled list twice this season because of a strained right hamstring and a cyst behind his right shoulder.

"It's frustrating, but I've got to move on," Gomez said. "I've got to get ready."

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The Rangers will use Delino DeShields in center field while Gomez is sidelined. Ryan Rua, who started Sunday, and Drew Robinson will likely be used in left field, but other configurations are possible if the club wants to use Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara in the outfield. Texas also has Jared Hoying in reserve.

Another outfield option is Willie Calhoun, even though he is not on the 40-man roster. Calhoun, a left-handed hitter, was acquired from the Dodgers on July 31 in the Yu Darvish trade and hit .300 with 31 home runs and 93 RBIs at Triple-A Oklahoma City and Round Rock.

"There are a number of things in play," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Let's give [Gomez] 48 hours before we speculate on what we are going to do."

The Rangers have used Robinson in center this season, but DeShields will play there as long as Gomez is out.

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"DeShields has played very well," Banister said. "He has sparked us offensively and his [defensive] routes have improved. If you put together the combination of offense, defense and baserunning, it points to Delino playing out there for the most part. I don't want to bounce him between left field and center. If we are going to do it, put him out there and let him play."

Rangers beat

•Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees marked the 28th time in club history the Rangers managed just one hit in a game. Brett Nicholas had the only hit from the No. 9 spot. The only other time that happened was Sept. 4, 1988 when Jeff Kunkel had the only hit from the No. 9 spot in a 3-0 loss to the Mariners and left-hander Mark Langston.

Andrew Cashner allowed one run in seven-plus innings Saturday, lowering his ERA to 3.19. That's the fifth lowest in the American League.

• Saturday also marked just the third time in 69 games that neither team hit a home run at Globe Life Park. The Rangers had hit a home run in 13 straight games at home.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.