Gallo (toe) is not in the lineup versus Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Gallo will remain sidelined with a bruised right toe for the third straight game as Carlos Tocci draws a start in the outfield in his place. The expectation is that Gallo should be able to return to the field during the Rangers' homestand, which goes through Sunday.
Gallo (toe) is not in the lineup Tuesday against Rays. Gallo, who was scratched from Monday's lineup, is set to miss a second straight game with a bruised right toe that he suffered after fouling a ball off his foot over the weekend. In his absence, Delino DeShields will patrol center field and hit leadoff. Gallo should be considered day-to-day.
Gallo was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Rays with a bruised right toe. Gallo apparently suffered the injury after fouling a ball off his foot in San Diego over the weekend. The severity of the issue remains unclear at the moment.
Gallo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs Saturday against the Padres. Gallo took southpaw Eric Lauer deep in the second inning for his 37th home run of the season. The shot marked his 13th against left-handed pitchers this year, and he's actually been more effective at the plate without the platoon advantage. Although he's arguably taken a slight step back in his performance from 2017, Gallo still ranks fourth in the American League in home runs.
Manager Jeff Banister believes Gallo will become a better two-strike hitter as he accumulates more plate appearances, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Gallo is slashing .090/.222/.201 with two strikes. "As he becomes a better hitter, as he uses his hands better, he's going to be a better two-strike hitter," Banister said Thursday. "I've seen some improvement in the overall approach. He can shorten the swing a little at two strikes and, he's so strong, he can still do pretty good damage." Gallo is last among hitters with at least 300 plate appearances in two-strike counts. It's in that situation where he could most improve upon his low-.200s batting average, potentially adding substantial fantasy value to his resume, though a counter-argument is that he might lose some power by changing his approach with two strikes. The Rangers believe understanding the difference between defensive swings and swinging for contact could make a huge difference for Gallo in the long run, however.
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