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The Texas Rangers Report: Fielder Injured, Gallo Called Up and More

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Prince Fielder

The Texas Rangers have been up to quite a bit lately and this includes a season ending injury for designated hitter Prince Fielder. Fielder’s season had already started less than stellar, but it got a lot worse. Just a few days after being placed on the DL due to a herniated disc, Fielder will have to undergo a neck surgery that will end his season.

This is not the first time that Prince Fielder’s season was cut short due to a neck injury. Back in 2014 Fielder needed fusion surgery for a different herniated disc.  This season, Fielder will end with a career worst .626 OPS.

Joey Gallo Called Up

On Tuesday afternoon the Texas Rangers announced that infield prospect Joey Gallo had been called up from Triple-A Round Rock. The corresponding move optioned Jared Hoying back to Triple-A. Gallo did come up for a short stint with the club last season. Gallo struggled with the team batting a poor .204 AVG and a .301 OBP.

Gallo is producing a batting line of .246 AVG/ .381 OBP /.577 SLG with 19 home runs in Triple-A Round Rock. He has cut down on his strikeouts this season as well. Although his strikeout percentage sits at 30% that is still a big drop from the 39.6% he had in the 2015 season. Even though Gallo strikes out often, he has a lot of power, the scouts gave him an 80 on the 80-20 scouting scale and that kind of power could be exactly what the Rangers need with Fielder out of the lineup.

The 22-year-old Gallo will get ample opportunities at the DH spot now that Fielder is injured. If he plays well through the season he may earn a starting job as first baseman Mitch Moreland will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Trade Rumors

Joey Gallo’s named has been tossed around a few times in the past several weeks, but reports suggest that the Rangers do not want to trade Gallo now that Fielder is out.

The Rangers are in need of a starting pitcher to solidify their starting rotation and a name that popped up recently is the Philadelphia Phillies right hander Vince Velasquez. Velasquez has had a great season so far posting numbers of a 8-2 record with a 3.34 ERA. This comes in 91.2 innings pitched with 103 strikeouts. Getting Vince Velasquez may come at a high price, but general manager Jon Daniels normally tries to avoid rental signings and Vince is under the Phillies control through the 2021 season.

Lohse Designated For Assignment and Nick Martinez Brought Up

After two miserable starts, Kyle Lohse has been designated for assignment by the Rangers. Lohse lost both starts giving him a 12.54 ERA for the season. Lohse allowed 15 hits and 13 runs in just 9 and 1/3 innings pitched. Due to Lohse being designated for assignment, he will not receive the $2 million minor league base salary, he will instead receive, the pro-rated version for his work in the majors with Texas, which totals to around 951k.

Replacing Kyle Lohse will be the right hander from Triple A Round Rock Nick Martinez. This will be Martinez’s second trip up to the majors this season. His first trip could have gone a lot better, Martinez has a 6.45 ERA in 6 games with the club this season. However, since being sent down Martinez has shined, throwing 16 innings in 3 outings at Triple A allowing just 3 runs and 1 walk. In his last outing he posted some impressive numbers going 8 innings with 8 strikeouts and no walks.