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

Oakland Athletics: OF Craig Gentry Slowed By Back Tightness, Will Have MRI

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Newly acquired outfielder Craig Gentry did not participate in spring training workouts for the Oakland Athletics on Friday and was reportedly sent to have an MRI because of tightness in his back.

According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, via Twitter:

 

Gentry was acquired from the Texas Rangers on Dec. 3 along with reliever Josh Lindblom in exchange for Michael Choice, a first-round pick in 2010, and minor-league middle infielder Chris Bostick.

Gentry brings speed and defense to the A’s, as well as defensive versatility, as he can play all three outfield spots. He has primarily been a center fielder, but has made 24 starts in left and six in right over his five-year career.

Last season, Gentry hit .280/.373/.386 in 106 games and 287 plate appearances for the Rangers, with 39 runs, 12 doubles, four triples, two homers, 22 RBI and 24 stolen bases. He is a lifetime .280/.355/.366 hitter.

Gentry led the American League in stolen base percentage in 2011 when he was successful on all 18 of his attempts.

The 30-year-old was a 10th-round pick by Texas in 2006 out of the University of Arkansas and made his big league debut in September 2009.

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