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