Rangers recalling young slugger Gallo
Rookie provides depth at corner infield, outfield spots; Profar, Martin could join club in September
SAN DIEGO -- The Rangers are calling up third baseman Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday to serve as a September bench player rather than have him finish out his Minor League season.
The Rangers see Gallo as a pinch-hitter as well as providing depth at the corner infield and outfield spots. Round Rock still has a week left in the regular season, but the Express will also likely win their division and advance to the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
"We talked about both options," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We think he is a versatile piece off the bench. You can make the case that 40-50 more at-bats in the Minor Leagues has real value, but that's the tradeoff: the versatility and the potential use off the bench. We felt it was better for him to come up now rather than later in the month."
This will be Gallo's second time with the Rangers. He was with them in June and hit .218 with five home runs, 13 RBIs and a .448 slugging percentage in 25 games. Since then he has played in 53 games at Triple-A and hit .195 with 14 home runs, 32 RBIs, a .450 slugging percentage and 90 strikeouts in 200 at-bats.
"This is a guy who played pretty well when he was here," manager Jeff Banister said. "I know the [.218 average] wasn't a pretty number and I understand the numbers at Triple-A weren't great. I also know the impact Joey can have on a baseball field. We wouldn't call up Joey if there wasn't added value at this time."
Profar, Martin may get September call
The Rangers haven't ruled out the possibility of calling up both Jurickson Profar and Leonys Martin in September, even though they would be limited.
Profar has missed the past two seasons with a torn muscle in his right shoulder. He is on a medical rehabilitation assignment at Class A Hickory and is 3-for-15 in four games. He is limited to designated hitter duty.
"We'll get a better gauge on where he is at while on rehab," Daniels said. "Our goal is to get him ready to be an option up here. We'll see. We'll continue to evaluate him."
Profar is on a throwing program and is stretched out to 90 feet. The problem over the past two years is that his setbacks have come at 105 feet and he is getting close to testing his shoulder at that distance again.
If Profar can get past that, he could end up playing in the Arizona Fall League. The Rangers would prefer that to winter ball in the Caribbean.
"The Fall League is a more controlled environment," Daniels said.
Martin had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand Wednesday and is sidelined as an everyday player for the rest of the year. But he might be able to contribute as a pinch-runner in September.
• The Rangers are calling up right-handers Ross Ohlendorf and Luke Jackson from Triple-A on Tuesday to add depth to their bullpen. Other pitchers will likely get called up once Round Rock's season ends, with the candidates being Chi Chi Rodriguez, Nick Martinez and Spencer Patton.
• Texas has yet to call up outfielder Ryan Rua from Triple-A, but the club has asked him to play in the Arizona Fall League. He missed over two months because of a fractured right heel and the Rangers are looking for ways for Rua to make up the at-bats.
• Second baseman Rougned Odor was back in the lineup Monday night after missing five games with a ripped fingernail in the middle finger of his right hand. Odor said he is still experiencing pain in the nail, but is hoping to play through it.