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
Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers are expected to activate Josh Hamilton from the disabled list today or tomorrow.
Hamilton, who started the season late due to all of the craziness with the Angels and Rangers, his relapse and his shoulder, has been laid up with a bum hamstring for nearly a month. In his place Joey Gallo has manned left field and is hitting .220/.312/.439 with five homers. We’ve seen flashes of promise and power from him, but he still needs some cooking it seems. He may get it in a part time or platoon role with the Rangers or by being moved around the field as opposed to being sent back down, however.
Hamilton, for his part, went 4-for-12 with three RBI in four rehab games for Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. Before he was sidelined he was 6-for-22 with four walks, two homers two doubles and five driven in for the Rangers.
Interesting lineup note for the Rangers today, as rookie Joey Gallo is starting in center field against the Blue Jays. Let’s just say that he doesn’t have much in the way of experience at the position…
Gallo has appeared in 13 games in left field this season between the majors and the minors, but otherwise he has exclusively played third base. However, he’s getting the nod over the struggling Leonys Martin in center field this afternoon.
Adrian Beltre returned from his thumb injury this week and the Rangers are close to getting Josh Hamilton and Delino DeShields, Jr. back from the disabled list, so Gallo could be headed down to the minors soon. The 21-year-old is batting .224/.306/.461 with five home runs and 10 RBI over his first 22 games in the majors. He has struck out in 42.4 percent of his plate appearances.
Josh Hamilton began a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A, going 1-for-3 with a double as he comes back from a strained left hamstring.
He’s expected to move to Triple-A for a game Thursday and is aiming to come off the disabled list early next week after being out for three-plus weeks so far.
Hamilton missed the first six weeks of the season recovering from shoulder surgery and substance abuse relapses, being traded (or having his contract dumped) from the Angels to the Rangers. He looked good early on for Texas, hitting .273 with two homers, two doubles, four walks, and a 1.021 OPS in seven games before getting hurt again.
As first reported by Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, outfielder Josh Hamilton has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Frisco and expects to rejoin the Rangers next week in Baltimore.
Hamilton suffered a Grade 2 left hamstring a week into his return to Texas and will wind up missing about a month. He was batting .273/.385/.636 with two home runs, two doubles, five RBI, and five runs scored over his first seven games with the Rangers.
Texas opened play Tuesday three games back of the first-place Astros in the American League West standings. If his first seven games were any indication, Hamilton can be of huge help in closing that gap.