X-rays taken on Sunday evening revealed that Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo has a small non-displaced nasal fracture, the result of his head-to-head collision with reliever Matt Bush during the eighth inning of Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Neither player made the trip to Los Angeles, where the Rangers begin a four-game series on Monday against the Angels. Bush suffered a bruised right knee. Both players are also being observed as part of the MLB’s concussion protocol.
Both will be re-evaluated on Monday and, if cleared could join the club in Anaheim later in the day, according to a team official.
“Anytime you see a collision like that there is a level of concern,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “With blood on the field, there is a little more level of concern. We’ll know more [Monday].”
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On the play, Bush darted off the mound on the third-base side to make a play on Nicky Delmonico’s short pop-up. He made the catch just as two collided.
Gallo was playing at shortstop as part of an infield shift but had reached the ball in time before the collision. .
Jason Grilli entered the game to replace Bush and finished the eighth inning. Infielder Phil Gosselin, who was called up from Triple A on Saturday, replaced Gallo at third base.