During his first stint with the major league club in 2015, Joey Gallo showed his trademark power but his contact issues were badly exposed. He saw only 25 at-bats with Texas in 2016 despite a 25-homer season with Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers have a deep big-league lineup that may keep Gallo largely out of the picture again in 2017 barring an injury or two. Not all hope is lost by any means, as Gallo has been able to maintain a high walk rate which helps mitigate the swing and miss. With incredible raw power, Gallo easily boasts 30-homer potential if ever given a significant window to contribute. He's probably not worth a significant investment in most single-season drafts and auctions, but he has appeal as a reserve-round lotto ticket in mixed leagues.
Gallo (hamstring) downplayed his recent injury, saying he doesn't expect to miss much time, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Gallo was out for six weeks after injuring the same hamstring in the Venezuelan Winter League, but his comments suggest he received encouraging results from Tuesday's MRI. He's expected to open the year with Triple-A Round Rock, playing third base, first base and left field. Gallo's bid for an Opening Day roster spot hasn't gained much traction, as he's struck out 19 times in 42 Cactus League at-bats, and the Rangers' other position players have mostly stayed healthy.
Gallo underwent an MRI on his left hamstring Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. This is the same hamstring that cut Gallo's time in winter ball short and sidelined him for six weeks, so it could be something to be concerned about, though we won't know until the test results are back. Consider him day-to-day for now, but depending on how serious the injury turns out to be, Gallo could find himself out for an extended period of time to start the season.
Gallo will have a chance this spring to join the Rangers' left field mix, but will most likely open the year at Triple-A, playing third base, first base and left field, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports. The signing of Mike Napoli moves Jurickson Profar from first base to left field, and Ryan Rua is a natural platoon partner for Profar, so Gallo is likely ticketed for Round Rock. Everyone knows Gallo's strengths (elite raw power) and weaknesses (major swing and miss issues) at this point. If he can cut down on the strikeouts, either in spring training or at Triple-A, there should be opportunities for him to see at-bats against righties in the majors at some point this season. He suffered a strained hamstring in late October during winter ball, but the injury was only expected to require six weeks to recover, so he should be fully healthy.
Gallo was diagnosed with a strained hamstring and won't participate in the remainder of winter ball, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. It's estimated that Gallo will need approximately six weeks to recover, so while he's out for the rest of the winter ball program, he should be able to participate in spring training.
Gallo strained his left hamstring during a Venezuelan League game Thursday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. It's currently unclear how the injury was sustained or how severe it is, but Gallo will be out for at least this weekend's games. He may even return to Texas to get the ailment evaluated in the near future, although more information on this situation should become clear as he receives further examination in the coming days.