Rangers’ Gallo will miss time with oblique strain


ARLINGTON — Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo hopes to be sidelined no more than two weeks because of a left oblique strain.

Gallo was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday. He consulted with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, who has been out with a similar injury since April 20.

“I talked to Judge yesterday because I was concerned,” Gallo said before Sunday’s game against Kansas City. “I was trying to figure out what he felt, ’cause at the time I didn’t have the MRI.”

The strain is on the back side of Gallo’s swing, while the injury to Judge is to his front side.

Gallo has 17 homers and was tied for second in the AL entering Sunday. His .653 slugging percentage topped the AL.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he thinks Gallo will miss about two weeks.

“He worries me just because he creates so much torque with his body, and he’s so strong that we don’t want him to come back too early,” Woodward said.

Woodward said Gallo will probably be able to bat before he can return to the outfield.

Gallo left Saturday’s game while batting with a full count in the fifth inning, an inning after hitting his second homer in two days.

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