Craig Gentry (ankle) exits after third inning

June, 23, 2012
6/23/12
6:15
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry left Saturday's game after the third inning after aggravating the right ankle sprain he suffered in Friday's game.

Gentry tried to beat out a bunt in the fifth inning of Friday's victory over the Colorado Rockies and twisted his ankle as he hit the bag. He got the ankle taped up and stayed in the game. He arrived at the park Saturday ready to play, but the ankle was bothering him during is only at-bat in the second inning. After one pitch in the dirt, Gentry was limping a bit at home plate as it appeared he couldn't plant that ankle comfortably.

"I was having trouble swinging and I thought it was affecting me while I was running and it was one of those things where I wasn't even close to 80 percent out there and didn't want to hurt the team in that aspect," Gentry said.

He isn't sure how long he might be out and said he plans to take it day-by-day.

"I've iced it a lot already and it feels better, but we'll see how it feels when I wake up tomorrow," Gentry said. "When I woke up it was sore and I hoped it would loosen up. I tried, but it was one of those things where I couldn't get it done."

Brandon Snyder came in the game for Gentry and the Rangers altered the outfield alignment with Snyder in right field, Nelson Cruz moving to left field and Josh Hamilton sliding over to center.

Gentry is one of the club's hottest hitters right now. He came into the game hitting .463 in his last 17 games to push his season average to .348. He had hit safely in 24 of his last 30 games prior to Saturday.

"I want to play," Gentry said. "I tried to do everything I could to stay in there, but ultimately I thought if I stayed in there it would probably hurt the team more than help."
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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