Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs hit the DL, Joey Gallo recalled from Triple-A

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Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday after missing six weeks with a calf strain, but he couldn’t make it through the weekend without getting injured again. Choo suffered a strained hamstring during Friday’s game against the Astros, exiting in the third inning, and has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 21,’s T.R. Sullivan reports.

There’s been no announcement of a timetable for Choo’s latest injury, but it will be at least a couple of weeks. It’s been a tough year for the 33-year-old Choo, as he has appeared in only six games this season, the third year of his seven-year, $130 million contract.

Drew Stubbs joined Choo on the disabled list on Monday, as he has a sprained left pinkie toe. Sullivan reports that the club is calling up slugger Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

Gallo, 22, is hitting .265/.415/.639 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in the minors this season. He showed serious power in the majors last year, but also hit a meager .205 and struck out 57 times in 123 trips to the plate. Gallo has shown improvement in that regard as he also carries a 22/24 K/BB ratio with Round Rock.

Rays’ Yandy Díaz gets three-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.