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    ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 02: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers smiles after being dunked by Elvis Andrus #1 after a game against the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 2, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. The Texas Rangers defeated the Chicago White Sox 15-2. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

    Josh Hamilton had just made himself get back in the good graces of Rangers fans, and now he's gone again. And like Josh so eloquently said on Wednesday night, "it sucks."

    But you know what doesn't suck? This development could open up a spot for super prospect Joey Gallo to stay around a little longer than originally planned after Adrian Beltre returns from the disabled list in a few weeks.

    It's not a sure thing because Gallo said Wednesday that he'd only played "about six or seven" games in the outfield in Frisco, as the Rangers were trying to get him work in the corner outfield spots to accelerate his path to the big leagues because he's blocked positionally by Beltre. With Hamilton now on the shelf until most likely after the all-star break, Gallo will have a shot there if the Rangers want to give it to him.

    He'd be awfully raw defensively, but in spring training general manager Jon Daniels talked about Gallo's cannon of an arm and his supreme athleticism which would allow him to make a pretty easy transition to the corner outfield.

    But if Gallo keeps swinging the bat like he has in his first two games (a single, double, two home runs, five RBIs), it's going to be really hard for the Rangers to stick to their guns and send Gallo to Triple-A when Beltre returns. Now, they might have themselves a good reason to keep him around a little longer.