Gentry likely to return on Wednesday

Gentry likely to return on Wednesday

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Craig Gentry did not start for the third straight game with a right ankle injury, but should be available on Wednesday.

Despite the Tigers sending out a left-handed starting pitcher in Drew Smyly, the right-handed Gentry was out of the lineup Tuesday. Gentry landed awkwardly on his right foot on his way to first base during Friday's win over the Rockies. He finished the game and started Saturday, but left after three innings.

"I feel good," Gentry said. "I don't write the lineup, but I feel good enough to play today. I went out and tested it out today and did a bunch of different things on it to see how it reacted and it felt good. I'm ready to go."

Gentry ran on the field before Tuesday's game against the Tigers and did not have any issues. "He worked out and did everything," manager Ron Washington said. "There's still a little soreness. The medical staff decided that one more day should do it. He's much further along than the day before. Tomorrow, he should be fine."

In his last 18 games, Gentry hit .452 to raise his batting average to .345. That's the highest average in the American League among hitters with at least 100 at-bats.