The Texas Rangers have placed third baseman Joey Gallo on the 7 day concussion disabled list, the team announced today. Gallo is eligible to be reinstated on Tuesday, August 29 — a week from today.
Gallo was injured on Sunday when he and pitcher Matt Bush collided on an infield popup in the game against the White Sox. Both left the game at the time, and Bush was placed on the 10 day d.l. yesterday with a sprained right knee.
Replacing Gallo on the 25 man roster is infielder Phil Gosselin, who was sent down yesterday when the Rangers recalled 4C guy Ryan Rua. Since Gosselin is replacing a position player who went on the d.l., he does not have to spend the normally requisite 10 days in the minors before being recalled.
It appears that the Rangers will be using a platoon of Ryan Rua and Drew Robinson in left field for the time being. Carlos Gomez, currently on the d.l. with a cyst on his back, is eligible to be activated this weekend, and assuming he is activated, you would figure either Rua or Gosselin would go back to AAA Round Rock, with Gomez returning to center and Delino DeShields sharing time in left field with Robinson until Gallo is activated.
It is interesting that the Rangers opted to bring back Rua, rather than Jurickson Profar, who is currently playing well in AAA. That said, given Profar’s comments about not feeling comfortable when he’s not playing shortstop, they may feel a Rua/Robinson combination is a better bet for them than going with Profar. They also apparently prefer that pairing to bringing up Willie Calhoun, the newly-acquired DH/LF who is in Round Rock, and who is not on the 40 man roster.