Sep 14, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Craig Gentry (23) pops up a bunt attempt for an out caught by Oakland Athletics first baseman Daric Barton (not shown) during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Athletics won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Athletics' Craig Gentry undergoes MRI for back


He’s not a Texas Ranger anymore, but he joins the growing list of former teammates who are needing MRIs done.

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.

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.

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