Buzz: Craig Gentry available, unlikely to play
"It feels better, but it's still sore and swelling's still there," Gentry said.
Gentry said he was not quite at 70 percent when he started yesterday before he hurt himself again. Ron Washington said that Gentry is available to play, but he would prefer to only use him in an emergency pinch-running situation such as tagging from third base.
"He's available if I need him," Washington said. "I hope I don't. I want to give his ankle a little more time off."
Leonys Martin is starting in center field, batting ninth, against Colorado right-hander Alex White. David Murphy is in right field with Josh Hamilton in left and Nelson Cruz as the DH. Gentry usually sits against right-handed starters.
Although he wants to be on the field as much as possible, Gentry was fine with sitting out with his ankle not at 100 percent. He said his ankle is too important to his style of play.
"“That was part of the incentive to come out," 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. I want to give us the best possible chance of winning."
* Derek Holland will be throwing another bullpen session today. Washington said that he could have some rehab starts in the near future with the goal of getting him back up to 100 pitches. Holland is expected to be fully recovered after the All-Star Break.
* Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando are continuing to progress slowly through their rehab. There is no timetable for there return at this point other than after the All-Star Break.
* Justin Grimm is set for his second major league start against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Washington said he has been pleased with Grimm's work ethic and expects good things from him in his next start.
* The Rangers are likely to break their club record for sellouts in a season today. They tied the record of 21 sellouts set in 1994 on Friday against the Rockies.
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