Joey Gallo out of HR Derby, 2 Rangers could miss All-Star Game

Texas outfieldere Joey Gallo will not participate in the Home Run Derby when he is at the All-Star Game next week, and the other two All-Stars from the Rangers might not play in the game.

General manager Jon Daniels says Gallo will be available to play for the AL team in the game in Cleveland, but he won’t take part in the home run contest only two weeks after missing 22 games because of a left oblique strain.

Gallo says it’s “probably smart,” and he appreciates the Rangers looking out for his best interest. After consecutive 40-homer seasons, Gallo has 20 homers this year. He came into this season with a .203 career batting average but is hitting .281 this year.

Hunter Pence, selected by fans to start as the designated hitter for the AL team, has been out since June 16 with a right groin strain. He was pulled off his rehab assignment Tuesday, a day after he aggravated the injury during a minor-league game.

Left-handed pitcher Mike Minor is set to start for the Rangers on Sunday, which would make him ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game.

Mets shake up bullpen: Steven Matz is moving to the bullpen for now as the Mets again overhaul a major problem area with a flurry of roster moves.

The team reinstated relievers Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson and Luis Avilan from the injured list before Tuesday night’s Subway Series opener against the Yankees at Citi Field. In addition, reserve infielder Luis Guillorme was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

In corresponding moves, the fourth-place Mets optioned four inexperienced relievers to Syracuse: right-handers Brooks Pounders, Chris Flexen, Stephen Nogosek and Chris Mazza.

New York’s bullpen began the day leading the majors with 21 blown saves in 40 chances, ranked second with 19 losses and was 28th out of 30 teams in ERA at 5.64. The relievers posted a big-league-worst 7.53 ERA in June and were 3-12 with an 8.05 ERA since May 27.

New York has two off days this week, making it simple to skip a starter as Zack Wheeler, who could be traded, gets in two outings before the break.

Briefly: Yankees first baseman Luke Voit was placed on the 10-day injured list after straining his abdomen in a game against the Red Sox in London last weekend. … St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained lower back. … The Royals recalled shortstop Adalberto Mondesi from a minor-league rehab stint and right-hander Jake Newberry from Triple-A Omaha. … The Orioles optioned right-hander Tom Eshelman to Triple-A Norfolk one day after he went five solid innings in his major-league debut. … Colorado activated shortstop Trevor Story (right thumb sprain) from the 10-day injured list and optioned right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez to Triple-A Albuquerque.

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