ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23: Craig Gentry #23 of the Texas Rangers celebrates a win against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Craig Gentry
Craig Gentry is one of three players who are competing for playing time in center field for your Texas Rangers this season, alongside Julio Borbon and Leonys Martin.
In Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians that ended in an 8-8 tie, Gentry didn't make it past the third inning when he was chasing down a line drive and dove for it only to land awkwardly on his left arm and collapse in a heap of squirming agony.
It appeared Gentry might have suffered a dislocated shoulder or a broken collarbone judging by how he landed, but it was much better than that as X-rays were negative and the diagnosis was nothing more than a mild wrist sprain.
If Gentry could pick up his game at the plate, he'd be the ideal guy for the starting job with his speed on the basepaths and his range in the field. Hopefully for Gentry's sake, he'll be able to get back to the field as soon as possible, after being listed as day-to-day, to try to get something going at the plate.
It's not the first time Gentry has dealt with these issues. He ended the 2010 season with a broken right wrist as there was some discussion of including him on the postseason roster anyway just to be used as a pinch runner. He also spent time on the DL last season with concussion symptoms.