Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Notes: Craig Gentry back, but not activated
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Outfielder Craig Gentry is back with the Rangers, but the club will not activate him today. The plan was to send down a pitcher to make room for the right-hand hitting platoon player, but that will wait at least another day.
Rangers manager Ron Washington, who spent the day in his hometown of New Orleans for the ceremonial groundbreaking for the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy, said he wanted to keep his bullpen fully loaded after its heavy workload in Monday's comeback win.
Gentry, who typically starts against left-handed pitchers, was not taken off the DL despite the Mariners starting left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas. The Rangers are idle on Thursday and begin a 10-day road trip with three at Oakland starting Friday. Texas is expected to face righties in the first two games of that series.
Gentry, placed on the seven-day disabled list for concussions on July 28, completed a rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Round Rock that was expanded from three days to five days to allow Washington to avoid losing an arm in the bullpen. Gentry reported no problems for more than a week stemming from the neck and head injury he sustained on July 24.
The Rangers were being cautious with Gentry's return because of a history of concussions.
* Texas avoided having to make a roster move Tuesday night with Alexi Ogando's return from paternity leave because infielder Andres Blanco returned to the 15-day DL with another back issue.
* Speaking of Scott Feldman, the starter-turned-reliever said the blister on his right thumb that forced him out of last Friday's game is healed and he's ready to pitch. The only problem, said Feldman, who figures to slot in as a long-reliever, is that he desperately wants to pitch, but knows if he does it likely means the starter has been lit up.
Of course, tonight's starter, Derek Holland, has a bit of a track record of sprinkling in clunkers alongside shutouts. He lasted 1 2/3 innings in his last start on Friday, the same game Feldman appeared and then left with the inconvenient blister.
"Technically, I guess it's a bad situation to be in," Feldman said. "It's a funny position to be in because you want everybody to do well, and at the same time you want to pitch. It's tough down there sometimes just knowing that you probably don't have a shot to pitch, but you just have to try to stay sharp.
* Michael Young will donate his jersey from Sunday's game when he recorded his 2,000th hit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall's senior director of communications, Brad Horn, will be at tonight's game to collect the jersey. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Ichiro Suzuki (1,402 games) and Derek Jeter (1,571) reached 2,000 in fewer games than Young (1,621).
* The home game against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 24 has been selected for national television by ESPN2 and the game time has been changed to 6:05 p.m.
* Tuesday's game was the sixth walk-off win off the season for the Rangers with four having come in a span of less than five weeks. Two have come on the this homestand, including Saturday night's 7-6 win against the Indians.