Baltimore, Md. – The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has reinstated outfielder Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list and optioned third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock.
Hamilton will be active for tonight’s game in Baltimore, seeking his first action with the Rangers since May 31. He was placed on the disabled list on June 4, retroactive to June 1, with a strained left hamstring. He suffered the injury while running during his game-ending 2-run double on May 31 against Boston, which was also his last major league plate appearance. Hamilton batted .273 (6-22) with 2 home runs and 5 RBI in 7 games/6 starts for Texas during his earlier stint in the majors from May 25-31.
Hamilton had a 4-game rehab stint with Frisco (AA) and Round Rock (AAA), batting .333 (4-12) with a double, 3 RBI, 2 runs and a walk. He made one start as designated hitter with Frisco on Wednesday, and his last 3 starts with Round Rock have been in center field. Hamilton was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels on April 27 and spent the early season the disabled list following right shoulder surgery on February 4. He is a career .345 (38-110) hitter with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 26 games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and he has 10 home runs in his last 15 games in Baltimore.
Gallo had hit contract purchased from Frisco on June 2 and has batted .218 with 5 home runs and 13 RBI over 25 games in his first career major league action. He will be playing at the Triple-A level for the first time.
With today’s moves, the Rangers are still at the 40-player limit on the club’s major league roster.