Joey Gallo was never slated to start the season in Arlington, and depending on how things go this year, it could be — in an ideal world — that he doesn't see the majors until a September call-up.
So it was no surprise on Monday when the Rangers assigned Gallo to minor-league camp with the Rangers' starters starting to get more playing time as spring training ramps up with just two weeks left until Opening Day in Oakland.
But it was still a bit disappointing to Rangers fans, who were enjoying seeing Gallo take his cuts against big-league pitching for the first time, and the 21-year-old power-hitting phenom fared pretty well for himself.
In 32 at-bats, Gallo hit .250 with a double, two homers and six RBIs. He did strike out eight times, and walked four times. Now, he'll go to minor-league camp where he can play every day and set himself up to start the season at Double-A Frisco with the Roughriders' star-studded roster.
So just sit tight Rangers fans, and don't get too antsy to see Gallo in Arlington. Let him marinate down in the minors and be sure he's ready. Because if he is, it'll be really fun to watch whenever he does get his shot.