Rangers' Gallo (hamstring) hopes to play Sunday

Reuters

Texas slugger Joey Gallo downplayed his departure from the Rangers' Saturday night game with left hamstring tightness, saying he has been dealing with the issue all season long.

He expects to be in the lineup Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.

Gallo aggravated the ailment while running out a double in the top of the third inning Saturday. He stayed in the game, moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on Robinson Chirinos' home run.

"It's clearly frustrating to sit out, especially when you start the game," Gallo said, according to MLB.com. "But at the time we had a big lead."

The Rangers were on top of the Twins 8-2 at the time and went on to a 9-6 victory.

Gallo, who went 1-for-2 with a run, departed prior to the bottom of the third inning and was replaced at first base by Ronald Guzman.

"It's nothing too serious," Gallo said, according to MLB.com. "I have been playing with it all season. I have been playing a lot the last couple of weeks, and today, running on the double, it flared up pretty good."

Gallo said he had an injection in the second week of the season.

Gallo has smacked 18 homers with 42 RBIs but is batting just .194. He has struck out 109 times, tops in the majors.

--Field Level Media

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