Texas Rangers first baseman Joey Gallo left today’s game against the Minnesota Twins in the middle of the third inning with what the beat guys are saying is a tight left hamstring. Gallo doubled in the top of the third inning, and scored on a Robinson Chirinos home run. He was replaced in the bottom of the inning by Ronald Guzman.
Gallo has been shuffling between left field and first base this season, and hurt his knee yesterday sliding into the fence trying to catch a foul ball. The Rangers have, since the return of Elvis Andrus, basically been using ten starters for nine positions, with Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Carlos Tocci as bench players.
The Rangers could choose to just give Gallo a day or two off, if the hamstring issue isn’t serious. Alternatively, the Rangers could put Gallo on the ten day disabled list, which would likely result in Ronald Guzman taking over as the regular first baseman and Shin-Soo Choo as the left fielder. In such a scenario, the Rangers could activate Carlos Perez and have him resume backup catcher duties (assuming he’s healthy enough to be activated), bring up Ryan Rua as a right handed bench bat, or bring up Willie Calhoun, giving him plate appearances by mixing him into the DH and left field rotation.
UPDATE — Per the beats, Gallo said after the game he expects to be able to play tomorrow.