Struggling Yankees slugger Joey Gallo opens on getting benched



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Struggling Yankees slugger Joey Gallo opens on getting benched

Joey Gallo found himself benched on Wednesday night but wasn't surprised as he admitted he is simply not playing well enough to be a regular starter. Entering Wednesday, Gallo was just 1-for-20 with two walks and 10 strikeouts in previous seven games.

Gallo did get some playing time on Wednesday as he came in as a substitute for Giancarlo Stanton in the eighth inning of 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigets but did not get an at-bat. Gallo is having a rough start to the year as he is 4-for-33 (.121) with zero extra-base hits.

Only Kansas City Royals' Carlos Santana has a lower percentage than Gallo. The Yankees defeated the “I’m not playing well enough to be in the starting lineup every day,’’ Gallo said, per The Post.

“I understand that”.

Gallo admits it has been a rough start

“I know I haven’t been getting great results right now,’’ Gallo said. “It’s part of the process of playing a full season.

… Sometimes you try to chase results, and that can get in the way. I just have to slow it down again and get back to basics: see the ball, hit the ball and hope it lands for a hit and not try to chase those hits”.

Gallo is having a rough start but Yankees manager Aaron Boone is not giving up on the slugger. “I still trust he’s gonna be good for us,’’ Boone said. “I have a ton of confidence in what he can and will do for us”.

Gallo arrived to The Bronx last July and didn't perform well following the trade. The Yankees entered this season hoping Gallo would play better since he has been in The Bronx for nearly a year now. “I do feel like he’s in a way better place mentally, physically, emotionally,” Boone said.

“He’s a lot more settled here. Obviously knows the guys a lot better. He’s an important part of that room now. But start of the season, you like to see guys start to get some results and get settled in so they can go be the player they are”.