Rangers' Gallo reluctant to play third; 'I'd rather catch'

Reuters

With Adrian Beltre back on the disabled list, the Texas Rangers have contemplated shifting left fielder/first baseman Joey Gallo back to the position -- an idea Gallo doesn't support.

"I don't want. I don't like it," Gallo told reporters prior to the Rangers 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. "I hate it, no joke. I hate third base."

Gallo came up through the minors as a third baseman, though he said it is his "least favorite position now" after playing elsewhere and seeing the toll the hot corner took on his body.

"I'd rather catch," said Gallo, who told ESPN Radio earlier this year that he gave up catching as a kid after a young Bryce Harper bounced a pitch in the dirt to him while they were youth baseball teammates in Las Vegas, hitting Gallo in the ribs and making him cry.

Beltre was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain Tuesday, his second time on the DL this season for the injury. In Beltre's absence, the Rangers' plan is for Isiah Kiner-Falefa to play third base, though manager Jeff Banister said they talked to Gallo about playing third.

Despite his comments, Gallo said he would play third base if asked.

"I'll play there. I have no problem playing there," Gallo said. "It's a tough spot to be in. No one has even asked me, but if they did, I'd tell them I'm playing."

Gallo, known for his immense power and lofty strikeout totals, has hit .200 with 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in 43 games this season, striking out 61 times in 160 at-bats.

--Field Level Media

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