A Gallo home run wins it again. 160 comments


Joey Gallo injures the baseball for a two-run homer, his seventeenth, to put the Rangers up 2-0. He left the game with an injury next at-bat.

 

Joey Gallo felt something in his side when he was in centerfield. Then, he felt it again on a check swing.

He was immediately taken out of the game.

It’s not good when you’re removed mid-game. It’s really not good when you’re removed mid-at-bat.

Gallo has a strained oblique muscle. It’s like a hamstring but in the ribs. And it takes just as long to heal, mainly because there are so many ways to reinjure it. Like breathing.

The Rangers ran an MRI and strength tests after the game. Now it’s all about seeing what they find.

It could be nothing. They sit him out today, and with the off-day tomorrow, he’s back in Tuesday for the three-game series against Baltimore. They could sit him out against Baltimore as well, just to be safe. It’s like playing the Double-A team in a scrimmage. Why risk it? They could actually not have a centerfielder and still sweep the Orioles.

Or it could be a legitimate oblique strain, which might take him out for four to six weeks.

He injured his wrist last Tuesday in Seattle and missed only one game, which he was supposed to be off anyway.

Too early to tell. Too early to agonize. Too early to worry. If Gallo is out for a while, at least it won’t have any immediate effect.

They are at home.

The offense is deep.

And, Baltimore.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:Brad Keller (3-6, 4.56) vs. Adrian Sampson (3-3, 4.53)
Game time: 2:05

  • Rowdy Yates

    Good win last night. Missed it watching granddaughter #2 in her annual dance recital. Her siblings don’t think she’s ‘athletic’. After watching, I’d say she’s as athletic as they are, if not more so.

    Tuned in this morning to “CBS Sunday Morning” to see columnist George Will. He’s a baseball fanatic and his comments on baseball are usually interesting. Today’s good one was “get two baseball fans together and there will soon be an argument”. Ain’t that the truth! 🙂

    • Nate Whitten

      I don’t think that’s true. Let’s argue.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Hah! And so, we have an argument. Perfect Nate!

        • Nate Whitten

          Worked like a charm. Will must be right.

      • JacobMcCandles

        The great Groucho Marx….
        I don’t know what you have to say
        It makes no difference anyway
        Whatever it is I’m against it!!

        • RR3

          I like this one: I won’t join any club that would have me as a member.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah…..he told the actress Margaret Dumont who was in several of the Marx bros movies….”I would like to wait here until the cows came home, on second thought I would like to wait with the cows until you got home!”

          • Nate Whitten

            That’s good. I always told my classes not to trust anyone with a beard. I would keep a poker face as they looked at each other with worried expressions. I have worn a beard since my teens.

    • elkaba

      I could listen to George Will for days. He’s a treasure.

  • Nate Whitten

    This injury really concerns me. Wasn’t Beltre out with it for a long time a year or 2 ago? I know some Ranger was. But just looking East we see a worst case scenario. Judge has missed most of this season. The Rangers have good depth in the IF with Santana and Forsythe. Not so in OF, even though Santana can play a corner OF spot, I think. What I know is that the Rangers have no replacement for the potential MVP of the AL. Bring back DD? Good defense but no offense. That would create a 4th hole in the lineup. Kevin, you were right about Guzman being a hole, also. His lack of performance at the plate has been obscured by Odor’s. If Joey is out long, nothing good will happen. Which leads me to this:
    Kevin, I must take issue with how you are assuming Baltimore is guaranteed wins. Yes, they are terrible, but they have won 19 or 20 games. I hope that the rangers are not looking at the O’s as you are. I will assure you that it is possible, although unlikely, for them to win 2 of 3 in this up coming series. Teams like that worry me. Someone can get hot. I can think of an overpaid 1B on the O’s that once played for Texas who is capable of busting out of his slump with some huge games. It is bound to happen sooner or later. Or some unknown pitcher can shut down the Rangers like a CYA winner. You never no for sure. You’ll recall this: “That’s the way baseball go.” Stuff happens in MLB that one does not expect. Recent example: did anyone think Minor was going to get beat by KC Friday night?
    I have in jest spoke of the Whitten Curse. What it does is assure that my team will not be successful. I’m not superstitious. BUT, when I read some comments y’all made on this website toward the end of yesterday’s game I get uptight. Things like, “we should beat KC tomorrow then sweep Baltimore.” I just think that sets one up for disappointment. Oh, by the way, I did not listen to the game yesterday. Was the Whitten Curse inactive?

    • Rowdy Yates

      Used to always tell my optimist step dad that a pessimist is never disappointed. Much to my amusement it always pissed him off.

      • Nate Whitten

        That has been my attitude for as long as I can remember. Do you actually feel that way? I think I do, but I don’t want to be pessimistic all the time. It tends to get depressing.

        • elkaba

          Whether you think the glass is half full or half empty, it’s still half a glass.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Yes I try to prepare and work for ‘best outcomes’ and but prepared for worst outcomes. Seems the logical approach to life for me. Don’t usually get ‘down’ when things don’t work out as expected or hoped for. I can be cynical, which I don’t like about myself, because I’ve seen terrible things happen to those who don’t deserve it and also seen miserable sob’s thrive. Unfortunately life ain’t fair. My life has had some rugged lows but a lot more great high points, mostly because I was lucky to find a wonderful and loyal woman who has stuck with me thru thick and thin and has been a great example service and loyalty and of how to live a good life. More than enough for me.

    • elkaba

      LOL, my sense (and two cents) is that nothing written here by anyone, Kevin included, will affect the outcome of any series or game played by the Rangers or any other MLB team one whit. If baseball followed most preconceptions of likely outcomes it would be one boring sport indeed. It’s a mashup of statistical probabilities wrapped in unexpected outcomes framed by the unlikeliest of happenings… and that’s why we watch! ANYTHING can happen. 🙂

  • JacobMcCandles

    Let him sit in the Os series.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    For better or worse, DD has been recalled.

    • elkaba

      (eye roll)

  • Mr.C

    Gallo our to the IL

    DD back in.

    • elkaba

      #$%^$#

    • Rowdy Yates

      DD for Gallo. Laugable. Or cryable.

      • isittime

        I’m with you. A little of both. How do you replace one of the top offensive forces in the AL with DD’s sporadic production.

    • isittime

      Maybe Santana can be used more in center.

      • Mr.C

        He probably will; but I’m not sure he will replace Gallo’s production

        • azrangerfan

          But he will out produce DD.

        • isittime

          No one on the roster will.

          • Mr.C

            You just asked for Calhoun in a post above.

            Calhoun’s OPS in NAS was about .970. If he can replicate that I MLB, he could be the one that will step up.

            The question is:
            Would you trust CF to Calhoun?

          • isittime

            He seems to be the option offensively, but I don’t know enough about his defense abilities to patrol center. DD is defensive is capable but we all know it take him a week to put up the offensive #’s gallo can do in a game or 2.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Choo’s best season ever he roamed CF for the Reds. He’s not the best but he was more than adequate that year.

          • isittime

            The crazy thing is we’re seeing more of Pence in the OF lately than choo. Have you seen pence throw? It’s uglier than his swing.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep

          • JacobMcCandles

            No way….when he was younger Choo was actually a decent CF…but its Santana’s job with DD getting a few starts.

          • Mr.C

            Hopefully Mazara is back and will step up.

            We were not getting any production out of him during the first month of the season; but he is capable of being that one player to step up now that Gallo is gone.

            This is also a great opportunity for Odor and Guzman to wake up and smell the coffee.

          • elkaba

            That would require Odor and Guzman following directions for making coffee. 🙂

          • WhoKnowscs

            Why does CF need to be the spot that replaces Gallo? Send Odor packing.

  • Mr.C

    Odor and Guzman were out and Forsythe/Santana set up their game big time to replace them both.

    Gallo will probably be out until the ASG according to the tweet I posted yesterday from Adam Morris. Who will step up now?

    DD?

    (((( I DONT THINK SO ))))

    Who do you think should have been called from NAS instead of DD?

    (((( Your thoughts ))))

  • TD30
    • isittime

      It concerns me he’s not been using Forsyth as much lately. Not seeing more than about 1 hit from the bottom 1/3 of that lineup combined.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Good to know that Jurado will be taking the ball in inning 1!! Next start

  • azrangerfan

    Hopefully Santana to CF and DD to the bench

    • Rowdy Yates

      DD’s a great guy to have on the bench as a pinch runner. And the Rangers are Soooo stacked with quality they can afford to have a roster spot filled by a professional ‘pinch runner’.

      • azrangerfan

        LOL

      • Mr.C

        Calhoun should be close to returning. DD will be Bach in NAS in no time.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Did not realize that DD was a symphonic composer!!

          • elkaba

            It’s called Music City for a reason. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Bach played the Banjo

        • WhoKnowscs

          I don’t want DD back in Nashville.

  • isittime

    What’s Calhoun’s injury status? He acted like he was good to go the other day in a report. Of course that was him talking and not the doctors

    • JacobMcCandles

      Our medical staff doesn’t have the best reputation

  • JacobMcCandles

    Gomez DQd……and gone!!

    • GT500

      Gomez? DQd?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Gomez was DFA’d then released.

        • GT500

          Ok….

      • JacobMcCandles

        Sorry to confuse….

      • elkaba

        LOL, they made him a dip cone and let him go. 🙂

        • JacobMcCandles

          Ooooh dip cones…awesome

  • JacobMcCandles

    Not much on moral victories but two games over .500 on 6/2….flat out amazing……I love this game!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Gallo to IL

    • WhoKnowscs

      DD back.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well that was a quick first.

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Try DDS at 2nd base send Odor down to work out his problems.

  • Rowdy Yates

    3 pitches and Odor sits down. Needs to be sent down.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Odor just needs to make contact……sheesh

  • Rowdy Yates

    Guuuuuzzzzz!

  • isittime

    I love the oppo approach of the hitters so far.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Def not Bannyish

      • isittime

        Even rugy tried it but alas, fail

        • JacobMcCandles

          He looked lost

  • isittime

    Come on alfalfa! You can’t watch a fastball damn near down the middle for a 3rd strike. At least try to slap at it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Talk about a disappointing player with a ton of potential…..Billy Hamilton

    • WhoKnowscs

      At least he can make a pitcher work for the out.

      • JacobMcCandles

        What are you going to do when Odor is gone?? LOL

        • WhoKnowscs

          Cheer for the Rangers. And his replacement.

          • JacobMcCandles

            You will have to find a new target

          • isittime

            We always have Mathis

          • JacobMcCandles

            : )

    • isittime

      He strikes out way too much for a speedster with little power

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep….plays a good CF too

  • JacobMcCandles

    Lackluster Maz

  • isittime

    Mondesi can fly

    • JacobMcCandles

      Saw him in the minors several games……everyone was very excited about him, he did not look good early….

  • JacobMcCandles

    Maz and Odor both can’t get the runner home from third with one out!

  • isittime

    That was disappointing.

  • isittime

    Look at condor. Two oppo hits. Tony Gwynn would be proud

  • WhoKnowscs

    Alex Claudio is pitching for the Brewers in a save situation vs the Pirates. He’s got a 5.70 ERA. . . . well he just got taken out but it was first and third, 1 out with a 2 run lead.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And the Replacement has a 9.92 ERA.

  • isittime

    Wow! Two bunt singles

    • WhoKnowscs

      We use to do that. Odor needs to do it pretty much every AB.

    • RR3

      That’s rare. And fun to watch.

  • RR3

    Huge out. Now a DP gets them out of it.

    • isittime

      Mondesi running thou

      • RR3

        Hopefully it’s third to second.

        • RR3

          Or a strikeout.

          • isittime

            I’m making that call

  • RR3

    How does a batter not swing at that?

  • isittime

    Wow! That’s getting out of jam there.

    • RR3

      Pretty impressive job there. That was the game.

      • isittime

        Just getting out of that allowing just a run would have been good, but that was like Elvis, fantastic!

    • GoRangers23

      That was amazing!

  • isittime

    Alright maz. Redemption time.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Somebody’s gotta be giving Braymond bad stats. Gordon’s last AB for KC Raymond said Gordon was 6 for 46 this year batting with the bases loaded. Seems like an awful lot of bases loaded ABs. Particularly as he came into the game with 202 ABs. So, 1 of every 4.3 of his ABs this year the bases were loaded? Not a chance.

    • elkaba

      I agree! In all honesty I’ve wondered about the TV guys stat guy(s) for a long time. I mean most people don’t realize the on air talent is only as good as the material they’re being fed to say. One of the reasons Nadel and Hicks are so good is that they’re being fed by Sadler and Co, some of the best statisticians around.

  • isittime

    Yessss! A freebie

  • Rowdy Yates

    Needed that run!

  • Rowdy Yates
  • Rowdy Yates

    …. and that one too!

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’m fine with the Double Play because the 2 runs scored and the likelyhood of more was less apparent.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well it’s the 6th so Sampson will probably start being less effective.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Score some more time.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well Maz seems back, Gus is getting some contact. Alfalfa has raised his avg 30 pts….only two players not contributing offensively…Odor and Mathis

    • WhoKnowscs

      And of those only one isn’t splitting his playing time every 4 games.

  • elkaba

    Sampson has looked really good today. LOVE that Woody let him get himself out of a jam!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Yep, and I’m happy he got out of it.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Starting to look like some of JD’s retread starters aren’t so bad after all. Yeah, I know it’s too early to say that.

      • elkaba

        That’s what a good manager and pitching coach can do. I say BULL to anyone who thinks those positions don’t matter in the pros. They matter a LOT. Even retreads and has beens are still very talented players, more so than most people give them credit for. With the right coaching and handling, plus more than a little luck, and anyone who was once really good should be able to find it again.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Pregame show had the batting coach showing the drills he does with the hitters. Was done with a bar rather than a bat and different than anything I’d seen before. The things he was trying to teach that way made sense to me. Which means nothing. But it could be a reason the team seems to be hitting better this year.

          • elkaba

            I like the younger coaches and fresh. new ideas. Reminds me of Wash in many ways. And it makes me think maybe JD was not messing with the manager as much as I/we suspected. Woodward is his own man- says what he thinks and acts accordingly. (Either that or he’s a much better actor. 🙂

          • vegasRANGER

            and the players not willing to try something different for the betterment of self and/or team, need to move on……

  • Rowdy Yates

    Disappointed in IKF this yr. Thought he’d really improve his #s but right now he’s hitting .222. And he doesn’t ‘frame’ pitches well as he seems to usually jerk the glove up which makes even marginal strikes look like balls to the ump. Still learning and still green at this level but expected better.

  • JacobMcCandles

    No walks today or yesterday….first game since August last yr

  • Nate Whitten

    Please help me out. How serious is Gallo’s injury? He is one guy we can’t replace. He is having a great season.

    • elkaba

      I heard them saying it’s a left rear oblique strain. Should be 10 days then day-to-day. Not great, but not as bad as it could be. For comparison, Aaron Judge has a front oblique strain, which is said to be much worse and harder to heal- he’s expected to miss half the season.

      • Nate Whitten

        Thanks again.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Pulled an oblique (right ribs) in high school and it literally sucks the breath right out of you. Took couple months to heal and felt like someone sticking a knife between my ribs.

      • Nate Whitten

        That sounds bad. Makes me wonder.Has anyone ever stuck a knife between your ribs?

        • Rowdy Yates

          🙂 … nope but if hurt like hell. Was just playing golf. Had a ball in deep rough and tried to power it out and popped the oblique under right elbow. Did have a chunk of steel rip up my left knee though. Didn’t hurt as bad as the oblique injury. But was in shock so that numbed it up some. Have a nice scar on the knee that everyone assumes is a knee replacement scar.

          • Nate Whitten

            That sounds like some painful memories. I am glad that they have not have not scarred you psychologically.

    • RR3

      I have been trying to find out but they haven’t said yet.

      • elkaba

        This from Sullivan’s piece today… “ARLINGTON — The Rangers are hoping outfielder Joey Gallo will be out no longer than two weeks after being placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique muscle on Sunday.

        The Rangers medical staff told Gallo that he’s fortunate that, as a left-handed hitter, the injury is on the back side of his swing. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, a right-handed hitter, has been sidelined since April 21 with a strained left oblique. But that’s on the front side when he hits.

        “We feel we were fortunate and got lucky that it was on the back side,” manager Chris Woodward said. “It’s not on the front side. It should be a lot easier. They are saying 10-14 days. I’m hoping for 10 days, but it’s probably going to be more like two weeks. He puts so much torque in his swing, you don’t want him coming back too early. You don’t want it to turn into a 6-8 week deal.”

        Gallo spoke with Judge by phone on Saturday after coming out of the Rangers game in the fifth inning and then undergoing an MRI.

        “I talked to Judge yesterday because I was concerned,” Gallo said. “I wanted to know what he felt when he got his MRI. He said it’s better to be on the back side, and all the trainers said that too. His was more significant than mine. His was, he said, a tear, mine was a strain. I’m not going to miss time like he did.””

        • Nate Whitten

          Thanks. That’s a blow, but not fatal–I hope.

      • Nate Whitten

        I appreciate the effort. Elk had a report.

  • elkaba

    Andrus would have had that if not for Odor.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Inning over, no harm no foul.

  • isittime

    What! Maz with the wheels

  • elkaba

    Diekman’s looking fit. Surgery appears to have really helped him.

    • GoRangers23

      Or maybe it’s chasing around that little Jake baby of his. 😄.

    • Nate Whitten

      I wish he was still a Ranger. Didn’t they virtually give him away last year?

  • isittime

    Should pinch hit Forsyth here. Rugy has no chance against diek

    • isittime

      I stand corrected! Good job rugy!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Pinch hit him for IKF.

      • isittime

        He’s still on the bench

        • WhoKnowscs

          yeah.

  • GoRangers23

    Bahahahahaha. That was crazy!

  • isittime

    https://www.crawfishboxes.com/platform/amp/2018/11/15/18097106/2019-mlb-draft-offseason-profile-shea-langeliers-c-baylor

    I wonder if the Rangers are considering Shay Langeliers. We have no one this good in our system, catcher wise. Would be the top catcher if not for Adley Rutchman being in this draft, #1 overall prospect.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      I have no idea. There are 28 people that are way above my pay grade that will be gathered together in a room, along with JD and possibly the owners, that have what they are going to do all figured out. What chance could I possibly have in getting it sorted.

      • isittime

        Yeah I know. We have no dog in the fight, but it’s entertaining to speculate. It seems baseball drafts can be something of a crapshoot anyway.

  • isittime

    Ring him up already

  • Rowdy Yates

    Great win Rangers!

  • isittime

    Great team win. And Sampson was great today!

  • GoRangers23

    Rougie dumped his gatorade on himself and then strutted off the field. Weird.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Missed it…strange

  • JacobMcCandles

    Three games over .500 and the second WC….Cmon JD….get us some more pitching and a catcher

  • JacobMcCandles

    Astros B team about to sweep As in Oakland

    • Nate Whitten

      Their depth is quite impressive.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Seattle is already trading. Bruce to the Phillies.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Marte tied the longest home run hit these season with Nomar.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rumor is Keuchel has a contract in place will be signed after midnight……Brews and Braves are the front runners

    • isittime

      That’s too bad, but sometimes JD surprises us. We’ll see

      • Mr.C

        Is not on JD’s hand. As I had try to explain to everyone, it is in Keuchel ‘s best interest to sign a 1 yr deal in a NL pitcher friendly ballpark.

  • azrangerfan

    Pretty bad when an article over on the MLB site gives credit to Odor for new trend of wearing baseball shorts. Truth is Pence has been doing this for several years. Not Odor starting a trend. Credit goes to Pence.