Rangers call up Gentry for right-handed bat

Rangers call up Gentry for right-handed bat

ARLINGTON -- Craig Gentry was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday even though he had the weakest offensive numbers of their three outfielders. The difference is he is a right-handed hitter, while Endy Chavez and Doug Deeds are left-handed hitters.

The Rangers' three current starting outfielders at the Major League level -- Julio Borbon, David Murphy and Mitch Moreland -- are all left-handed hitters.

"I needed to balance it out," manager Ron Washington said.

Gentry, who replaced the injured Nelson Cruz on the roster, has been an excellent outfield prospect for the Rangers for the past two years and has played 11 games at the Major League level. But he missed the end of last season at Triple-A Oklahoma City with a broken right wrist and was still recovering from that in Spring Training when he suffered a bruised right shoulder running into a wall.

He is healthy again and was hitting .239 with 16 runs scored, no home runs and nine RBIs in 25 games with Round Rock. Endy Chavez, who has spent the past two years recovering from a bad knee injury, is hitting .327 with Round Rock. Chavez also has 827 games of Major League experience and a career .270 batting average.

"We haven't forgotten what Chavez has done," Washington said. "But for this, the fit wasn't there."