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Rangers’ Gallo injures hamstring in Venezuela

Joey Gallo was injured Thursday night playing in Venezuela and might return to Texas for evaluation.
Joey Gallo was injured Thursday night playing in Venezuela and might return to Texas for evaluation. rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

Joey Gallo’s stint in the Venezuelan Winter League has been interrupted after only three games.

The Texas Rangers’ top prospect strained his left hamstring Thursday night in a game with Magallanes and could miss two weeks. The injury could be severe enough to force Gallo to return to Arlington for further evaluation, the club said.

The slugger, a candidate to be the Rangers’ Opening Day first baseman in 2017, was 2 for 6 with a homer and five RBIs in his first two games before getting hurt running to first base in his first at-bat Thursday.

If the Rangers don’t re-sign Mitch Moreland, Gallo and Ryan Rua would likely compete in spring training to be the first baseman.

The Rangers are unlikely to have either Shawn Tolleson or Lucas Harrell in 2017 after each right-hander declined assignment to Triple A to become free agents. The Rangers could have interest in Tolleson, the closer in 2015 and to start last season, at a reduced salary than the $4 million he could have made in salary arbitration.

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