Josh Hamilton is back from the disabled list and to make room for his return to the active roster the Rangers have demoted top prospect Joey Gallo to Triple-A.
Hamilton played just seven games for the Rangers before hurting his hamstring, which knocked him out for four weeks. He hit well in that brief showing, coming back from shoulder surgery, drug and alcohol relapses, and a trade from the Angels to hit .273 with two homers and a 1.021 OPS.
Oh, and this is fun: Hamilton and the Rangers play the Angels this weekend.
Gallo was initially called up to replace the injured Adrian Beltre at third base and then shifted to left field when Beltre returned. He started out hot and then went into a slump, hitting .218 with five homers and a .754 OPS in 25 games. His batting average was ugly and as expected Gallo struck out a ton, but a 21-year-old posting a .754 OPS in his first taste of the majors is plenty impressive. His power potential is unmatched and he’ll be back in the second half.
In the meantime, Gallo has the second-most strikeouts in MLB history through any hitter’s first 25 career games:
Javier Baez 46
Joey Gallo 43
Giancarlo Stanton 41
George Springer 39
Brett Jackson 39
Daniel Murphy is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a strained quadriceps muscle and the Mets have decided to make him a full-time third baseman after previously using him mostly at second base.
No one is quite sure when All-Star third baseman David Wright will be back, so Murphy will take over for him at the hot corner and the Mets will shift Wilmer Flores to second base after using him at shortstop for the past three months.
Murphy has shifted around a lot defensively over the years, but his offensive production has been pretty consistent and before the quadriceps injury he was having a typical season hitting .283 with four homers and a .749 OPS in 55 games.
To make room for Murphy’s return the Mets demoted 21-year-old Dilson Herrera back to the minors.
In mid-May the Giants demoted veteran third baseman Casey McGehee to Triple-A only to call him back up two weeks later. And now they’ve dropped McGehee again, designating him for assignment after deciding they don’t even want the 32-year-old around in a bench role playing behind new starting third baseman Matt Duffy.
McGehee has been terrible all season, hitting .213 with a .575 OPS in 49 games, and he was plenty bad last year while posting a .712 OPS for the Marlins. Even those underwhelming numbers actually overstate McGehee’s value offensively, because he’s grounded into an MLB-leading 46 double plays since 2014.
I suppose San Francisco deserves some credit for cutting bait on McGehee, but the Giants are also six months removed from trading for him and giving him a $4.8 million contract for this season. Duffy is playing well since replacing McGehee in the lineup, however, so the Giants can sweep it under the rug–or under one of their World Series trophies–and move forward.