Newest Oakland outfielder Craig Gentry has been scratched from team workouts with lower back tightness, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The team does not believe it’s anything serious and are sending him for an MRI just as a precaution.
Manager Bob Melvin has a possible explanation for the tightness in Gentry’s back.
Melvin doesn't think it's major; he thinks Gentry's back tightness is related to driving to AZ. But he was sent for an MRI. #Athletics
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 21, 2014
Gentry did have to drive from Texas to get to Spring Training, but he would have had to if he were a member of the Rangers anyways. Last season, as Texas’ fourth outfielder, Gentry played in 106 games, slashing .280/.373/.386 with two homers and a career high 24 stolen bases. Gentry came on strong in the second half, eventually replacing David Murphy as the starting left fielder. The speedy outfielder is going into his age-31 season.