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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

nez’s spot.

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