Hamilton explains groin tightness to manager

Hamilton explains groin tightness to manager

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Josh Hamilton met with manager Ron Washington on Saturday afternoon to discuss his tight groin muscle. Hamilton started in center field on Friday night against the Rockies and had to come out of the game after seven innings because of the tightness.

Hamilton wanted to reassure his manager that injury had nothing to do with playing center field. Hamilton told Washington that he first felt the muscle grab at him while running the bases. Washington, who has expressed concerns in the past about the wear and tear on Hamilton's body playing center field, accepted the explanation.

"He told me he didn't get hurt playing center and I told him I understood," Washington said.

Craig Gentry, who is likely going to make the Rangers as the fourth outfielder, started in center field on Saturday night. Gentry was 1-for-3 with a walk on Friday and is hitting .152 (5-for-33) on the spring.

The Rangers are trying to do everything they can to get him ready for Opening Day. The Rangers need his right-handed bat as a complement to David Murphy, a left-handed hitter who is going to get a chance to play regularly in left field.

That leaves one spot on the bench that's down to Julio Borbon or Brandon Snyder, although the Rangers continue to look for a right-handed hitting outfielder in the waning days of Spring Training.