Gentry exits game after aggravating right ankle

Gentry exits game after aggravating right ankle

Gentry exits game after aggravating right ankle
ARLINGTON -- After sustaining a right ankle injury during Friday's win over the Rockies, Craig Gentry started Saturday, but he left the game in the fourth inning after aggravating the ankle.

For the second straight game, Gentry batted ninth and started in center field. But he was replaced by Brandon Snyder, who took Gentry's spot in the lineup and came in to play right field. Nelson Cruz moved from right to left, and Josh Hamilton moved from left to center.

"It's getting better. It's just one of those aggravating things," Gentry said after the game. "I was having trouble swinging. It was my back leg. I definitely wasn't sure if I was going to be able to run full speed and run down balls in the outfield. I didn't want to go out there and hurt the team."

Gentry rolled his ankle Friday on his way to first base trying to beat out a bunt back to Rockies starting pitcher Christian Friedrich, who fired to first in time to retire him. Team trainer Jamie Reed greeted Gentry as he limped into the dugout. He finished the game, going 1-for-3 and striking out in his last at-bat.

"He taped it up and finished the game," manager Ron Washington said. "He left last night, and Jamie said he looked like he'll be a player. If he can't go, I'll just pencil someone else in the nine-spot and we'll move on."

Before Saturday's game, Gentry said his ankle was sore but that he would be able to play through it. Snyder singled and scored in the fifth before David Murphy pinch-hit for him that same inning and lined out to first.

Gentry iced his ankle several times after leaving the game and, while he has not had an MRI, he is confident he will be available for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies.

"I've gotten a lot of treatment," Gentry said. "I don't know how it's going to feel tomorrow, obviously, but I'll take it day by day."