Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and relief pitcher Matt Bush both left today’s game in the top of the eighth inning after they collided on an infield pop up. With the Rangers trailing 3-0, Gallo and Bush both were going after a Nick Delmonico popup on the left side on the infield, with Gallo being the only infielder on that side due to the shift, and banged heads.
Gallo was on the ground for a while and had a copious amount of blood from what may have been a broken nose, and was promptly taken from the field and lifted for infielder Phil Gosselin. Bush, who caught the ball, was examined for a bit before it was determined that he also needed to be removed from the game, with Jason Grilli replacing him.
Hopefully both are ultimately determined to be fine, though they may have to undergo concussion protocol. There is a concussion disabled list, which is seven days, three days less than the normal d.l., should it be determined that either suffered a concussion.
UPDATE -- Per the beats, Bush has a right knee bruise, which is not considered serious. Gallo has swelling in his nose and upper lip, and is getting precautionary face x-rays.
UPDATE II — Bush and Gallo are in MLB's concussion protocol, per Levi Weaver on Twitter, and thus will not travel to Anaheim with the rest of the team tonight. If they check out okay tomorrow, they will presumably join the rest of the team.
UPDATE III — Per Levi on Twitter, Gallo has a small non-displaced nasal fracture — i.e., a broken nose, albeit of the minor variety. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow and could be in Anaheim for tomorrow night’s game, although Ryan Rua is apparently standing by in case the Rangers need to bring up a position player.