Gallo is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Gallo is hitting just .128/.281/.319 through 15 games in June, so he'll head to the bench to clear his head following a string of six consecutive starts. Shin-Soo Choo will pick up a start in left field, allowing Adrian Beltre to slot in as the DH.
Gallo is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros. Gallo will hit the bench after struggling in the first three games of the series against a tough Houston pitching staff, going 1-for-10 with three walks and six strikeouts. With Gallo on the bench Sunday, Shin-Soo Choo will start in left field, opening up the designated-hitter spot for Adrian Beltre.
Gallo went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Athletics. Gallo's homer, his 16th of the season, left the bat at 117.5 mph, the hardest home run hit by a Ranger this season. The power hitter, who averages just shy of one home run every four games, has seen the pace of his long balls drop over the last month. Tuesday's big fly snapped a seven-game homerless streak, the longest such stretch of the season for Gallo, who has just four over his last 26 games.
Gallo is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels. While the lefty-hitting Gallo gets the day off against southpaw Tyler Skaggs, Shin-Soo Choo will check into left field for his first appearance at the position since Aug. 20, 2014. Gallo has reached base at a .250 clip and has struck out in 44.1 percent of his plate appearances against lefties this season, which could result in him falling into a more strict platoon role going forward.
Gallo, who was rested Monday against a left-hander, will face southpaws Wednesday and Thursday. The slugger is hitting just .151 off southpaws this season and is 4-for-33 (.121) over the last 30-day stretch. Manager Jeff Banister told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News that Monday's day off was more about giving Gallo a breather after he patrolled left field in back-to-back games over the weekend in which game-time temperatures were 94 degrees, but acknowledged his struggles against southpaws. "If we're going to get Joey a day off, it's going to be against a lefty," Banister said. "The effort level of playing the outfield [Sunday] and with the travel, we're going to get him appropriate time off. I've let him face lefties. He will face lefties." He'll be given a chance against lefties coming up this week.
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