Rangers activate Joey Gallo from 7-day concussion DL

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 15: Texas Rangers left fielder Joey Gallo gets congratulated by third base coach Tony Beasley after hitting a home run during the MLB game between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers on August 15, 2017 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. Texas defeats Detroit 10-4. (Photo by Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire)
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The Texas Rangers made a roster move on Tuesday, activating slugger Joey Gallo from the seven-day concussion list. To make room for Gallo, Texas optioned outfielder Ryan Rua to Triple-A Round Rock.

In an unrelated move, the team also announced that pitcher Tanner Scheppers had cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A, as well.

Getting Gallo back in uniform is huge for the Rangers, who will begin play on Tuesday 64-66 and three games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL wild card race. Texas has lost three straight games, all to the last-place Oakland A’s, and scored a total of seven runs during that run.

Gallo has been a significant source of offense for the Rangers this season. In 113 games played, he has hit 35 home runs and driven in 65 runs, posting a .890 OPS despite an ugly .205 batting average. The 23-year-old still strikes out a ton, posting 152 in just 410 plate appearances, but you can live with all the swinging and missing when you’re getting the tremendous power at the plate.

Rua has been a bit of a letdown for the Rangers this season coming off a solid 2016 in which he posted a .731 OPS with eight home runs in a part-time role. In 49 games this year, Rua has a .208 batting average with just a .622 OPS and has accumulated -0.5 WAR.

Scheppers was designated for assignment after six years in the big leagues with Texas, totaling a 4.23 ERA in 183 innings pitched. This season, he made five appearances and allowed three earned runs in four innings pitched.

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