Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs were placed on the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s game with leg injuries.
Outfielder Jared Hoying and infielder Joey Gallo were called up from the minor leagues to help fill the void. Hoying was in the starting lineup and Gallo was available off the bench.
Choo came off the disabled list Friday after missing 35 games with a right calf strain. He left Friday’s game with left hamstring tightness after the third inning.
“It’s not easy to take that this happened,” Choo said. “I’m frustrated with myself but there’s still a lot of games left. I’m staying positive and taking care of my hamstring and getting some extra time for my calf, too.”
Stubbs injured his left pinky toe rounding second base in the ninth inning Sunday in Houston. He compared the injury to turf toe. If the Rangers were in the playoffs, Stubbs said, a numbing agent could be injected into the area to make it bearable. Stubbs was still limping on the foot before Monday’s game.
“Any time you get sidelined for any length of time it’s frustrating,” he said. “I was starting to find my stride and feeling a lot better at the plate swinging the bat so it’d be unfortunate if I have to be on the shelf for a couple weeks, but at the same time you want to make sure nothing exacerbates the issue.”
Outfielder Patrick Kivlehan was designated for assignment to make room for Hoying on the 40-man roster. This is Hoying’s first callup to the majors. He was batting .319 with 10 doubles, seven homers and 32 RBI for Triple A Round Rock. He started in left field Monday night. Gallo had two stints with the Rangers a year ago. He’s batting .265 with eight homers and 20 RBI for Round Rock. Gallo’s stint with the team may be short. Rougned Odor’s suspension ruling could be announced Tuesday, meaning the Rangers are likely to call up infielder Jurickson Profar for depth at second base. Also, Yu Darvish will be activated before his first start with the Rangers on Saturday, meaning the club will have to open up another roster spot.
Reliever Luke Jackson is a prime candidate to be sent down while the Rangers play shorthanded one man during Odor’s suspension.