Robertson waiting for protective mask

Robertson waiting for protective mask

DETROIT -- Memorial Day weekend is a bad time to be waiting for a protective mask, and Rangers outfielder Daniel Robertson is unavailable until he gets one. The plan is to be fitted for one on Tuesday in Minnesota and be ready to play on Wednesday. The Rangers couldn't arrange for anything over the Memorial Day weekend in Detroit.

"I could play today but it would be risking further injury," Robertson said.

Robertson is currently sidelined with three small fractures in his left cheek bone after his outfield collision with Alex Rios on Thursday. He also still has a black left eye.

Robertson will wear a special batting helmet at the plate along with a clear hard plastic mask. He will use the mask on defense too.

"Just like basketball players wear," Robertson said. "I hope it's clear so I don't look like some super hero. But I don't care what I look like as long as I'm on the field."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.