Joey Gallo has All-Star hopes in his fifth season with the Rangers. But the outfielder could see significant time off the diamond after leaving Saturday’s game early.Gallo suffered an oblique strain and has been placed on the 10-day IL, the team announced Sunday. He is scheduled to undergo further evaluation, including an MRI, manager Chris Woodward confirmed. MLB trade rumors: Mariners ‘trying to trade everyone’ “It tightened up on him,” Woodward said, via The Dallas Morning News. “He actually felt it throwing and in that last at-bat. He swung, didn’t like it and the next swing that’s when I came out. He creates so much torque in that body, even if it’s a small oblique issue, I don’t want that to turn into a major one.”In 170 at-bats this season, Gallo is hitting .276/.421/.653 with 17 homers and 41 RBIs. MLB trade rumors: Phillies deal for Jay Bruce ‘is complete’ Joey Gallo has been placed on the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain. OF Delino DeShields recalled from Nashville.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) June 2, 2019The injury occurred during Texas’ 6-2 win against Kansas City. Gallo, 25, had just hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Related News Your daily 400+ ft. #JoeyJack! pic.twitter.com/A8Y93cu9Yh— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) June 1, 2019He returned to the plate in the fifth and during that at-bat, he swung and immediately grabbed his left side.Gallo had noticed the tightness the inning before his exit while he was in the outfield attempting a throw.
The Sabres opened this season with nine wins in their first 11 games before starting to slip out of playoff contention. While the team (22-21-7, 51 points) could still mount a comeback, Duane is more than fed up after he said he attended Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators.”Of course I was at that game — first time I went to a game with my sister, by the way — and she had to sit there through that. It’s mind-blowing,” Duane said.MORE: Twitter parody account releases fake report of New Jersey Devils hiring Gerard Gallant“I don’t need a Jerry Jones-type of owner,” Duane said. “I need an owner who is going to answer the fans when they misspell names on jerseys and have [imported] knockoffs at alumni [events]. What is going on?! Like, what are we doing?! I don’t understand it, man.”The embarrassing jerseys Duane referred to were worn recently by Sabres alumni and clearly stood out as knockoffs compared to the real black and red jerseys the club wore in the late 1990s and early 2000s .For reference1) The most popular batch of knockoffs2) An original jersey from the time (pulled straight from my closet 😍)3) What the Sabres alumni wore pic.twitter.com/xfwNKouVWk— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 30, 2020Duane, who said he works for Dominik Hasek’s youth hockey foundation as a coach, asked the hosts if the Sabres have “sucked the passion out of you like they have me,” before continuing with his rant.“I dedicated my life to hockey because of this team. I can’t do it anymore. I’m seriously for the first time considering not being a season-ticket holder this year.” he told the hosts. “Even when the team was terrible [former owner] Ted Black would come on this station and talk to fans and address concerns. I don’t need a damn camera in front of Terry Pegula every single day, but address our concerns, be there when you screw up, answer for the mistakes and be accountable!” Buffalo stands 10 points out of a playoff spot in a loaded Atlantic Division and risks missing the postseason for a ninth consecutive season despite having a potential Hart Trophy winner in Jack Eichel (63 points in 49 games) and a budding franchise defenseman in Rasmus Dahlin. Only four teams in NHL history have missed the playoffs that many seasons in a row.Duane said he didn’t “need” the Sabres to make the playoffs this year, but can’t stand what he views as years of mediocrity from his beloved team any longer. He even went so far as to call their drought “almost” worse than the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, who have made the playoffs only twice since the turn of the century.”When you screw up for the fans as much as this team has over the last five years and don’t hold yourselves accountable, go hide in your house in Florida, like what is this?” he said. “Get on the camera and at least make us feel that we matter to you!” Buffalo radio show Schoop and the Bulldog got an all-time great rant on Wednesday from a caller who completely lambasted the still-rebuilding Buffalo Sabres for what he perceives as a “mind-blowing” lack of accountability from franchise owner Terry Pegula since he purchased the team in 2011.The caller, only identified as Duane, emphasized to the WGR 550 hosts how much the Sabres mean to him — he has held season tickets for roughly 15 of the last 25 years and said he idolizes legendary goaltender Dominik Hasek — before he criticized how poorly Buffalo has played since the early parts of this season.