SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Craig Gentry, who has been impressing Rangers officials with his play this spring, was scratched from Tuesday's lineup because of a stomach bug. Texas is off on Wednesday and Gentry is expected back on Thursday against Oakland.
This is the second time Gentry has had to sit out because of a minor physical issue. But it hasn't taken away from what has been a strong spring. He is hitting .333 with two home runs, but also entered Tuesday with five stolen bases, tied for second in the Cactus League. He was also second with 10 runs scored.
Gentry came into camp as one of several candidates to be the starting center fielder. His primary competitors are Leonys Martin and Julio Borbon, but the Rangers are also looking at Engel Beltre and James Adduci. The competition has been keen. Those five entered Tuesday hitting a combined .325 (37-114) with three home runs and 22 RBIs.
"There are times when you come into camp with a competition with four or five guys and none of the four or five have impressed," general manager Jon Daniels said. "This is just the opposite. There's nobody that hasn't played well. Leonys has stepped up. Gentry has been outstanding -- not only the performance but the mindset. Julio Borbon has played really well. Engel Beltre and Jim Adduci have played well. It's not a situation where anyone is playing themselves out of it."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.