Joey Gallo exits game vs. Cleveland with ‘neck tightness’

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With just two weeks left, the Yankees continue to take hits. Joey Gallo left Saturday’s game against Cleveland with what the team said was “neck tightness.”

Aaron Boone said that Gallo had received treatment for it after Friday night’s game and they are hopeful he can play soon.

“I think after his first at bat it was just barking too much on him,” the Yankees manager said. “So we’ll see. He got some more treatment obviously during the game so we’ll see where we’re at for tomorrow.”

The slugger was just getting comfortable at the plate again after coming to the Yankees in a deadline deal from the Rangers. He had hit home runs in four straight games in which he had an at-bat and was coming off a two-home run, three hit night.

The YES broadcast showed Gallo stretching and rubbing his neck on Friday night and a swing on Saturday where he looked uncomfortable.

Gallo has started to really heat up over the last week. In seven games, five starts, Gallo has hit .278/.300/.944 with a 1.244 OPS with four home runs, five RBI and seven strikeouts. In that span, Gallo’s batting stance has quieted down a bit, according to one talent evaluator in the ballpark Friday night.

Since coming over on July 29, Gallo has mostly struggled. Going into Saturday’s game, Gallo was slashing .167/.311/.447 with a .758 OPS. He has 71 strikeouts and 32 walks with 70 strikeouts in 150 at-bats with the Yankees.

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