Gallo took batting practice in the Rangers' new ballpark Monday and noted it plays deep in center field, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. The distance to center field at the new Globe Life Park is 407 feet from home plate with nooks on both sides of dead center that extend to 410 feet. "It's playing big as hell," Gallo said on a conference call Monday after taking batting practice. "It's a little deep in center. The hitters are a little nervous about that." It's hard to draw any conclusions from one BP session when there are many variables -- live pitching, game balls, fans in the stands, open or closed roof. Additionally, Gallo usually doesn't hit home runs to straightaway center. Seventy-five of 110 career homers and 45 of 63 at home were from the center/right alley to the right field foul line. For the 18 he's hit at home to center field, the home runs averaged a distance of 434 feet with a low of 410 (per MLB Statcast). The other new park dimensions are similar to the old one, including the right field alley and foul line, so Gallo should do just fine.
Gallo started in right field and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's spring game against the Dodgers. Gallo had an abbreviated 2019 due to an oblique injury in June and eventually an August wrist injury that ended his season. While navigating those injuries, Gallo posted the best slash line of his career while launching 22 home runs in 70 games. He is expected to be the Rangers' everyday right fielder in 2020 after the team traded Nomar Mazara to the White Sox during the offseason.
Gallo (wrist) signed a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Rangers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Injuries limited Gallo to just 70 games last season. He was better than ever when available, though, hitting .253/.389/.598 with 22 homers.
Gallo (wrist) said he's unlikely to return this season, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Gallo has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his right wrist near the end of July. The outfielder hasn't resumed hitting since suffering a setback in Arizona last week; with less than a week left in the season and the Rangers eliminated from the playoffs, there's no reason to rush the slugger back. Gallo appeared in just 70 games this season due to multiple injuries, slashing .253/.389/.598 with 22 home runs and four steals.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Gallo (wrist) will primarily be a corner outfielder next season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. The Rangers enter the offseason with uncertainty at both corner-infield positions, spots where Gallo has experience, but Daniels ruled those out. The GM also said he doesn't anticipate Gallo playing much in center field.