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‘We have to make sure Joey is good.’ What is the prognosis on Gallo’s wrist?

Joey Gallo matched a career-high with five RBIs … without a home run

Texas Rangera slugger Joey Gallo drove in a career-high five RBIs without hitting a home run after going 2 for 3 with a double and his first-career sacrifice fly.
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Texas Rangera slugger Joey Gallo drove in a career-high five RBIs without hitting a home run after going 2 for 3 with a double and his first-career sacrifice fly.

Joey Gallo was ready to play Wednesday morning, though he knew before Tuesday’s game that he wouldn’t be in the Texas Rangers’ lineup for the finale of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners.

He knew before his right wrist started hurting and making it difficult to grab a bat. With the Rangers out to a sizable lead, he was removed from the game and taken for x-rays, which were negative.

“It feels good today,” Gallo said. “My grip on one of my swings, I just felt like I couldn’t grip the bat and I started getting nervous, but I’m good. I just tweaked it. Nothing major.”

Manager Chris Woodward said that he expects Gallo to play Thursday as the Rangers open a four-game home series against the Kansas City Royals, but the Rangers weren’t going to let Gallo talk himself into the lineup or a pinch-hitting appearance.

They recalled outfielder Zack Granite from Triple A Nashville and optioned left-hander Kyle Bird. Woodward said that he also wanted to give Shin-Soo Choo a day off, so having Granite on the roster also assisted in that.

“There may be some lingering effects with Joey, but I don’t even want him to pick up a bat,” Woodward said. “We have to make sure Joey is good.”

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