Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo was lifted today mid-at bat, with a 3-2 count in the bottom of the fifth inning. Gallo, who had homered in his previous at bat, checked his swing and then immediately reached for his side.
Gallo has been dealing with a sore wrist that sidelined him earlier this week, but while it is possible that this is a wrist issue, his reaction — wincing and reaching for his side — suggests a possible oblique injury. He didn’t want to leave the game, so one can only hope that this is precautionary in nature, or something relatively minor. However, if this is a strained oblique, Gallo is likely going to be on the shelf for 4-6 weeks.
We will update this when there is more information on his condition.
UPDATE — The Rangers have announced that he was lifted with tightness in his left oblique, and he will getting treatment and further evaluation.
Given the nature of oblique injuries, and the importance of Gallo, it wouldn’t shock me if they put him on the 10 day injured list even if he might only miss a couple of games in order to err on the side of caution and make sure he gets healthy and doesn’t have this linger.