Rangers send down Gallo to make room for Darvish

Rangers send down Gallo to make room for Darvish

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers sent down third baseman Joey Gallo on Saturday to make room for pitcher Yu Darvish, who was activated off the disabled list.

Gallo was called up on Monday to give the Rangers an extra bat off the bench, but he had just one at-bat while he was up.

"We had a situation where we had a need, so we brought him up," manager Jeff Banister said. "He was only here a short period of time, so it's obviously time to go down and start playing again."

Gallo was off to a good start at Triple-A Round Rock, despite missing time with a strained left groin. In 24 games for the Express, he hit .265 with eight home runs, 20 RBIs, a .415 on-base percentage and a .639 slugging percentage. He is the Rangers' No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

He has been playing exclusively at third base. The Rangers wanted him to play at one position so he could concentrate on his hitting. Banister said the Rangers might start moving him around to other positions at Round Rock when he goes back.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.