The Texas Rangers finally made the decision to place outfielder Craig Gentry on the disabled list after he was beamed in the hand last Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics. The Rangers were hoping that Gentry would be able to recover without the help of the disabled list, but apparently, his inability to grip a bat for the past week sold the idea. The unfortunate part about it is that Texas will have to get used to not having Gentry’s services for a while.
“They said it may take three weeks more to heal up,” Gentry said, according to TexasRangers.com. “It will probably be two weeks before I feel better and can start swinging again. It will just be based on how it feels to me.”
Gentry has struggled mightily at the plate in 2013. He has posted a .216 batting average with one home run, nine RBI, four doubles, two triples and eight stolen bases in 116 at-bats this season. Even though his production on offense is less than ideal, the Rangers like the fact that his defense is stellar. The 29-year-old has recorded a perfect fielding percentage in 104 total chances in center field. Even though he has appeared in only center field in 50 games this season, Texas knows that he is capable of backing up all three outfield positions.
The Rangers called up Engel Beltre to replace Gentry on the active roster. The 23-year-old will make his big league debut whenever the Rangers decided to put him in the lineup, which will be sooner rather than later. Beltre was batting .300 with four home runs and 21 RBI in Triple-A prior to getting called up.