NEW YORK — Just when Joey Gallo started to get hot at the plate, the outfielder was suddenly taken out of Saturday afternoon's loss to the Cleveland Indians with neck tightness.
Tyler Wade replaced Gallo in left field as the top of the fourth inning began, raising some eyebrows considering how well Gallo has been playing over the last couple of weeks.
Entering play on Saturday, after two long home runs the night before, Gallo had six long balls over his previous six games with at least one at-bat. That's quite the reversal for a player that was hitting .130 with six homers over his first 35 games with the club
After the game—an 11-3 rout—manager Aaron Boone revealed that Gallo received some treatment on his neck during the game and won't need any additional testing. His status for Sunday's game, however, is up in the air.
"I think he was trying to just kind of work through it all morning with different stretches and stuff, but I think after his first at bat, it was just barking too much on him," Boone said. "So we'll see where we're at for tomorrow."
Gallo was spotted rubbing his neck and grimacing during Friday night's two-homer performance. Looking closer at the replay during Gallo's first at-bat on Saturday afternoon—a pop fly into foul territory—the slugger seemed to be feeling discomfort in the same area.
With 13 more games remaining in the regular season, and a spot in the postseason hanging in the balance, Gallo missing any time would be a huge blow for New York's offense.
In 140 games, counting his time with the Texas Rangers through the first half of the season, Gallo is batting .204/.357/.476 with 37 home runs, 106 walks and 196 strikeouts.
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