Struggling Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.
The Rangers made the move before Tuesday night's game against Oakland. They recalled left-hander Brandon Mann from Triple-A to add another arm to their bullpen a day after using two position players to pitch for the first time in team history, in a 15-3 loss to the Athletics.
DeShields was hitting only .065 (3 for 46) in 15 games this month, including a career-worst 0-for-28 span he snapped Friday. The 25-year-old outfielder has started 75 of his 77 games in center and is hitting .204 overall in his fourth big league season.
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Even with the struggles, DeShields still leads the American League with 10 bunt hits and nine sac bunts. He is fourth in the league with 18 stolen bases.