The Rangers have said they would prefer Gallo to be playing every day than to be sitting on the major league bench, so it sounds like he will be optioned to Triple-A Round Rock in the coming days, but nothing is official. Gallo was humbled last season, as he struggled to make contact at an acceptable clip at Triple-A or in the majors. He is still young enough and talented enough, however, to bounce back and put his 80-grade power to work, perhaps with a mediocre batting average, if an opportunity for consistent at-bats opens up.
He battled a head cold recently, but is back in his typical spot in the Mariners' lineup and is poised to be ready for the start of the season.
This was simply a formality, as Tucker had no chance of making the 25-man roster out of camp, given the Astros' outfield depth. He received just two at-bats in Grapefruit League play after dealing with a shoulder injury for most of camp, which also played a role in him not being considered for a big league roster spot out of spring training.
Tucker has been playing in minor-league games for the last week, and after his surgically repaired right shoulder checked out fine in those contests, he'll be cleared to see his first major-league action in six months. The Astros are expected to find more at-bats for the outfielder before spring training draws to a close, but Tucker isn't under consideration for an Opening Day roster spot and will begin the campaign at Triple-A Fresno.
Cruz has been out with the same head cold that has sidelined Robinson Cano, though they both resumed working out on Monday. The 36-year-old is being held out of Monday's spring lineup, but the fact that he's back in camp indicates he'll return to the lineup shortly.
Garcia has cooled off some after a hot start to spring training, going 0-for-15 before hitting safely in the last two games. Despite the downturn, Garcia is expected to open the regular season as the White Sox's primary right fielder.
Cruz and Robinson Cano have both been sidelined for a few days, but they had plenty of at-bats in the World Baseball Classic to get ready. Don't expect either slugger to be rusty when they're set to return.
Robinson Cano is also out with the same illness, so it appears the bug is making its way through the clubhouse. It doesn't appear to be overly serious, but it's unclear how long Cruz will be sidelined so consider him day-to-day.
Santana entertained on the world stage by hitting .308 (8-for-26) with a pair of doubles, RBI and runs scored for the Dominican Republic. Fantasy owners will hope for carry-over results similar to the ones Santana displayed coming off his previous WBC. Following the 2013 tournament, the slugger opened the MLB regular season by hitting .389 in April. A slight regression from 2016's career year should be expected, but even so, Santana brings plenty of value across all formats.
Scioscia added that he felt comfortable with Pujols' defense if he needed to use him there in a pinch during the regular season. Luckily for most fantasy owners, the 37-year-old logged 28 games at first base last season, making him eligible for the position in most standard fantasy formats. For those that need him to make a start in the field to gain eligibility, it may be a while before that day comes. From a fantasy perspective, serving as the team's full-time designated hitter bodes well for the aging superstar's health, and should keep him a viable fantasy option based on his ability to smack home runs and drive in runs while hitting behind Mike Trout this season.