Joey Gallo was sent to Triple A Round Rock on Tuesday as the Texas Rangers cleared a roster spot for Josh Hamilton to be reinstated from the disabled list.
Gallo, 21, batted .218 (19-87) with five homers, 13 RBIs, 11 walks and 43 strikeouts in 25 games after being promoted from Double A Frisco after third baseman Adrian Beltre was injured.
Gallo, the Rangers’ top prospect, showed his power in his first game, with a long homer off Chicago White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija, and also connected for a two-run homer off reigning National League Cy Young winner and MVP Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium.
The Rangers turned an experiment in the outfield into regular duty there. Gallo played 10 of his 25 games in the outfield, including one start in center field.
But Gallo’s first stint ended largely on a down note. Though he had a bases-loaded triple Monday in between four strikeouts, he batted only .149 (7 for 47) over his final 14 games with 27 strikeouts.
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