Rangers ramping up at-bats for Gentry

Rangers ramping up at-bats for Gentry

Rangers ramping up at-bats for Gentry
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Craig Gentry is trying to play catch-up. Rangers manager Ron Washington had Gentry played nine innings against the Cubs on Tuesday and, after an off-day on Wednesday, he'll do so again on Thursday during one of the two split-squad games against either the Cubs or the Reds.

"He's got some work to do because of his mild injuries," Washington said. "We're going to let him escalate his at-bats and let him get comfortable."

Gentry missed four days with a sprained left wrist. He returned to the lineup on Sunday and was 0-for-2 against the Brewers before the game was rained out. He was 2-for-4 on Tuesday and is 3-for-18 on the spring.

"I feel good and the wrist is fine," Gentry said. "The wrist doesn't bother me when I'm swinging so I feel good. I definitely need to get some at-bats. I missed some games so I need to get back in the swing and work on my timing, not put too much pressure on myself and get ready for the season."

Gentry started in right field Tuesday while Julio Borbon was in center. They are the principal contenders to be the Rangers' starting center fielder if they don't use Josh Hamilton out there. But when they are both in the same lineup, Washington said he prefers Borbon in center because he has little experience on the corners.