ARLINGTON -- After sustaining a right ankle injury Friday and aggravating it Saturday, Rangers outfielder Craig Gentry may miss the next few games.
Gentry twisted his ankle running to first base after laying down a bunt in the fifth inning of the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Rockies on Friday. He started Saturday but left the game, replaced by Brandon Snyder in center field in the fourth inning. He popped out to the shortstop in his only at-bat following a 1-for-3 performance Friday.
"The swelling's still there. It definitely feels a lot better today," Gentry said. "Speed's my game and I didn't know if I was going to be able to run down balls in the outfield or even perform well at the plate. Ultimately, I didn't want to hurt the team. I want to give us the best possible chance of winning and I wasn't even close to 80 or 70 percent yesterday."
With right-hander Alex White starting for the Rockies on Sunday, Gentry would not have started anyway. Leonys Martin, who was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on June 15, made his third start of the season in center field and batted ninth.
"I'm available as far as I know," Gentry said. "The swelling's still there. I told the trainers I feel better and we'll just go from there. I definitely feel a lot better."
Manager Ron Washington said that he would like to give Gentry a few days off. With right-hander Rick Porcello set to start for the Tigers on Monday, the soonest the Rangers would face a left-handed starter would be Tuesday, should Detroit's Drew Smyly return from a blister.
Gentry is batting .452 over his last 18 games, raising his average to .345, the second-highest among American League hitters with at least 100 at-bats, behind only Paul Konerko.
"That's kind of why I tried to tough it out yesterday, but, ultimately, I was no good for the team," Gentry said."