DeShields returns with bang after scary injury

Three weeks to the day after suffering a non-displaced cheekbone fracture when he was hit in the face by a 90-mph fastball, Astros No. 7 prospect Delino DeShields returned to the lineup and homered in his first two plate appearances for Double-A Corpus Christi. It wasn't enough to power the Hooks to a victory, however, as Frisco defeated Corpus Christi, 6-2, Friday night.

DeShields, who is ranked No. 61 on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects list, finished the night 2-for-4. He led off the game with a home run off Rangers No. 11 prospect Alec Asher and added another solo shot against the right-hander in the third inning.

"I was really relaxed," DeShields told MiLB.com. "A lot of people would tell you that after getting hit in the face, they'd be nervous about getting in the box again. Not me. I was like, 'You and me, let's go.'"

DeShields had been out since April 18, when he was hit in the face by a fastball from Frisco right-hander Phil Klein. DeShields avoided any further complications while on the disabled list and remained in good spirits after the incident, soon after tweeting a picture that showed the serious swelling in his face.

"Even when I got hurt, I was ready to play two days after I got hit in the face. I was like, 'Let's go.' The swelling was bad, obviously, and obviously [the Astros] wouldn't let me do that," DeShields told MiLB.com. "But I think being so anxious to get back on the field and picturing what it would be like helped me prepare."

In 15 games this season, DeShields is hitting .276 with four home runs and six stolen bases. He is also continuing his transition to center field, which began last year in the Arizona Fall League. He was a second baseman for the first three seasons of his professional career.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.