Detroit, Mich. — The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has activated outfielder Joey Gallo from the 10-day injured list. He will start tonight’s series opener in Detroit, batting fifth as the centerfielder.
Gallo fills an open spot on the active roster that was created when left-handed pitcher Kyle Bird was optioned to Triple-A Nashville following Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
Gallo will be seeking his first action with the Rangers since June 1. He has batted .276/.421/.653/1.074 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI in 50 games with Texas this season. Despite missing just over three weeks on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain (June 2-24), Gallo remains the Rangers team leader in home runs and walks (42). On a 4-game injury rehabilitation assignment with the Arizona League Rangers, Gallo batted .273 (3-11) with 2 home runs, a double, 3 RBI, 5 walks, and 3 runs while making starts in center field (2), left field (1), and as the designated hitter (1). Gallo went 1-for-3 in his last game on Sunday vs. the Arizona League Mariners, playing 9 innings in center field.
Gallo enters tonight’s game having hit home runs in 2 of his last 3 plate appearances with Texas, and he has 6 RBI over his last 2 games for the Rangers. His 98 home runs since start of 2017 are T3rd-most in MLB, and his career 11.92 AB/HR ratio is the 3rd-best in MLB history among players with 1000-or-more at-bats.
Following today’s transaction, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the club’s Major League roster, along with five players on the 60-day injured list: RHP Luke Farrell, LHP Taylor Hearn, OF Scott Heineman, LHP Yohander Méndez, and RHP Edinson Vólquez.
From Rangers PR staff reports