Gallo went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a solo home run and two additional runs scored in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays.
Remarkably for a player noted for his light-tower power, the homer -- Gallo's 19th of the year -- was an inside-the-park job as Toronto left fielder Steve Pearce injured himself crashing into the wall trying to flag down Gallo's fifth-inning drive, allowing the 23-year-old to race around the bases while Josh Donaldson ran out from third base to retrieve the ball. Gallo had been hitting only .130 (6-for-46) in June prior to the outburst, but he'll need to stay hot at the plate if he wants to remain a regular in a suddenly crowded Rangers lineup.
Manager Jeff Banister said Tuesday that in light of the recent returns of Carlos Gomez and Mike Napoli from the disabled list, Gallo will now be part of a "soft platoon," Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Gallo has enjoyed a full-time role throughout the season while Napoli and Adrian Beltre have spent time on the DL, but now that the Rangers have their full complement of everyday position players, the team can afford to be more choosy with how it deploys the young slugger. It's expected that Gallo, who is in the midst of a 6-for-50 slump at the dish, will now hit the bench against certain left-handed pitchers, as was the case Tuesday with southpaw Francisco Liriano on the mound for the Blue Jays. Delino DeShields is likely to occupy the smaller side of the platoon with Gallo more often than not.
Gallo is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
As is normally the case with left-handed starters, Gallo will head to the bench for a night off with Francisco Liriano taking the ball for Toronto. Mike Napoli will cover first base in his stead, with Robinson Chirinos getting a crack at designated hitter to round out the lineup.
Gallo is not in the lineup Friday against the Mariners, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Between southpaw James Paxton taking the hill for Seattle and Carlos Gomez and Mike Napoli returning from the disabled list, the Rangers had plenty of reasons to place Gallo on the bench Friday. The returns of Gomez and Napoli may make it more difficult for Gallo to get into the lineup moving forward, although his left-handedness and 18 home runs on the season should at least make him worthy of a few starts a week, especially if Napoli continues to hit below the Mendoza Line.
Gallo went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and a strikeout against the Astros on Wednesday.
Is there a game that more aptly summarizes his season? Perhaps only if he were to go 1-for-5, as that'd track closer to his .201 batting average. Gallo draws walks at a pretty solid pace, and he's certainly hit a pile of homers -- 18 already -- but he's been striking out like it's going out of style. He may face some uncertainty in terms of playing time as the Rangers get healthier, especially with Mike Napoli (back) reportedly expected back this weekend.
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