Gentry crashes into gate, escapes unharmed

Gentry crashes into gate, escapes unharmed

Gentry crashes into gate, escapes unharmed
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Craig Gentry doesn't know when to stop. Now he's running through bullpen doors trying to catch fly balls.

That may not be the wisest move for the Rangers outfielder, considering he broke his right wrist crashing into an outfield wall at Triple-A Oklahoma City last year. On Thursday afternoon, he went through the bullpen door.

Gentry was playing left field for the Rangers against the White Sox when Mark Teahen came to bat in the sixth inning. Teahen, facing David Bush, launched a long fly ball to left that Gentry tracked to the warning track before crashing into the wire-mesh door that leads into the visiting bullpen at Surprise Stadium. Only the door wasn't secure.

Instead it gave way and popped open. Gentry went through it and went sprawling into the White Sox bullpen. Teahen, who was credited with a home run, jogged around the bases while Gentry tried to collect himself.

"It scared me for a second," center fielder Julio Borbon said.

"He was playing hard and trying to catch the ball," right fielder Nelson Cruz said.

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Gentry wasn't hurt and stayed in the game, playing all nine innings.

"I don't know man, I was just going after the ball," Gentry said. "It was kind of loud out there and I couldn't hear anything. The next thing you know I'm lying down in the bullpen."

Gentry broke his wrist crashing into the wall on Aug. 13 in Oklahoma City. The injury required surgery and he missed the rest of the season. He has been behind others in camp because of the injury and only started playing in games this week.

Gentry said he doesn't think about the injury when chasing after fly balls.

"I do afterward, but in the moment, all I think about is trying to catch the ball," Gentry said. "You can't play the game scared. If I'm out there, I'm going out after every ball. If that takes running into a wall, I'll do it."

Josh Hamilton is the Rangers' regular left fielder but he was being used at designated hitter on Thursday. He has had his own troubles with fences, being injured three times in the last two years because of collisions with outfield walls, and isn't interested in hitting a wall here in Spring Training.

"If I was playing out there and this was Spring Training?" Hamilton said. "Turn and look. You get out to the [warning] track and the ball is still coming down? Come on, this is Spring Training."

"Laying out and diving on a ball, that's different. I've had a couple of balls near walls this spring that were foul and I pulled up near the wall. And my teammates thanked me for it."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.