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Will Conor Jackson's Release Help Craig Gentry?

Gentry has had a rough spring but with Jackson gone, the team is short on righthanded-hitting outfielders

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    Craig Gentry has had a rough go of things so far this spring, but he might have been helped by the fact that Conor Jackson--a fellow outfielder/right hand bat--had an even rougher go of it.

    Jackson was released by the Rangers on Monday after going 3-for-33 at the plate through Spring Training.

    "We just don't have room for him," manager Ron Washington told the team’s official website of the move. "He needs to get at-bats and play. It's getting down to the nitty-gritty and we didn't have a spot for him."

    Gentry hasn’t fared much better than the now-departed Jackson, though. He is just 3-for-24, and has been forced to leave three different games with three different ailments this spring. In the last, Sunday, he had to leave with dehydration in the second inning. It’s since been reported that Gentry is suffering from a virus. And while it still seems likely that Gentry could make the club out of camp, Texas has made clear that they’ll explore their options.

    "We're looking for whatever comes available that can help," Washington said. "We're looking for whatever weakness we can fill. If we can't fill it inside, we'll look outside. Clubs are always talking."