ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have everybody healthy in their lineup. Since Adrian Beltre, Carlos Gomez and Mike Napoli have returned from stints on the disabled list, Texas has been able to put out the lineup it was prepared to enter the season with back in April.But with that comes a
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have everybody healthy in their lineup. Since Adrian Beltre, Carlos Gomez and Mike Napoli have returned from stints on the disabled list, Texas has been able to put out the lineup it was prepared to enter the season with back in April.
But with that comes a tough decision manager Jeff Banister has to make just about every day. He usually has to sit one of two players -- outfielder Delino DeShields or corner infielder Joey Gallo.
Part of what may make the decision easier for Banister is that DeShields has hit better after returning from the bench. He is batting .368 in his first game back after sitting for at least one day, while Gallo has a .114 average in such situations.
"One thing about Joe ... any pitcher he faces, he's got a good opportunity to hit the ball out of the ballpark," Banister said. "Joey offers a lot more than just overall power. You've got to give them both at-bats to keep them fresh. What I do know about Delino is he is more adept at sitting a couple of days and being productive."
When DeShields starts, he provides speed the Rangers need, but it can be a valuable tool off the bench. His ability as a pinch-runner is a commodity that Banister weighs when mulling who to start, and having that speed as a tool in Banister's back pocket gives DeShields added value as a pinch-runner or substitute.
"Every day is the same," DeShields said. "I come prepared to play whether I am in there or not. I'm ready to play. I know we've got guys getting back healthy. I've still got to be ready to take advantage of my opportunities."
Gallo obviously doesn't have the same running ability as DeShields, but he provides plenty of raw power, which Banister calls "instant offense." Gallo, though, has been mired in a slump, going 0-for-11 with a walk and six strikeouts in the first four games of the homestand.
"I felt good on the road trip and kind of had the off-day and didn't play the next day. Then I got back and it was like, 'Man, I feel really uncomfortable,' and that's kind of how baseball is," Gallo said. "You're playing every day, you start getting in that rhythm, and I just haven't been able to find that rhythm. I'm just a little too aggressive swinging at pitches I shouldn't be."
• Infielder Hanser Alberto underwent shoulder surgery Monday to repair his right rotator cuff. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.
• Banister said the Rangers have not ruled out the possibility that Andrew Cashner (strained left oblique muscle) could come off the disabled list and pitch Sunday against the Yankees in New York.
• Cole Hamels, on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle, is scheduled to throw approximately 80 pitches in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. If that goes well, he could start Monday against the Indians.
Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.