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.
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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.