The move was made before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.
DeShields got hurt in the series opener Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch on an attempted bunt.
Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock for his third stint with Texas this year.
It is the second time this season that DeShields has gone on the DL. He missed 20 games after a hamate bone fracture in his left hand the first week of the season. He is hitting .204 with 22 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 85 games.