With Adrian Beltre going down with what’s likely a seasonending hamstring injury, all eyes turn to Joey Gallo. The slugger is proving his versatility by taking over at third base.
“There is a comfort and confidence,” manager Jeff Banister said. “And it’s the athleticism. But he is into it. He’s not allowing moving around to take away from the focus of the position he is playing.”
When Beltre was out earlier this year because of a strained calf, Gallo jumped in. Although Gallo also has seen time at first base and left field, the third-base job is now his.
“I would love to be able to play one spot and not bounce around,” he said. “It’s tough to play all these positions and play it at a high level.”
Beltre was crushed that his season ended prematurely after it got a late start. “I feel like I let the team down,” said Beltre, who this season reached the 3,000-hit mark. Miguel Gonzalez was picked up from the Chicago White Sox and should be inserted into the rotation. The right-hander is expected to take Nick Marti