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Joey Gallo placed on disabled list

The Round Rock Express have placed third baseman Joey Gallo on the disabled list

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Third baseman Joey Gallo has been placed in the disabled list by the Round Rock Express, according to  Gallo was out of the lineup Friday, and was lifted in the fourth inning of yesterday's game with what an observer said looked like a groin or hamstring issue.

Gallo, 22, is off to a strong start to the 2016 season, with a .254/.400/.642 slash line on the year at ÀÀA.  Perhaps most encouraging, Gallo has drawn 17 walks against just 21 strikeouts in 85 plate appearances, a significant improvement from last year.

Gallo doesn't currently have a spot available on the major league roster, but appears to have the inside track for the first base job next season, given that Mitch Moreland appears likely to depart as a free agent after the season.  In addition, Gallo would be the likely first choice to get the nod this year should Adrian Beltre miss time, although that obviously isn't an option right now with Gallo sidelined.

UPDATE -- The beats are saying it is a left groin injury.