Sep 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry (23) rounds third to score on a double by shortstop Jurickson Profar (not pictured) against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics: Craig Gentry Has Back Strain, Will Miss A Few Days


Oakland Athletics outfielder Craig Gentry has a strain in his lower back, according to manager Bob Melvin, and will be held out of drills for a few days.

Gentry had an MRI on Friday, according to CSNBayArea.com, and the results were positive enough that the club can be cautious with Gentry with more than a month before Opening Day on March 31.

“We’re just going to get ahead of this thing and keep him off the field for a few days,” Melvin said. “He’s an eager beaver, especially with a new team, and he wants to get out there and do his thing. We all know what he’s got. We just have to make sure this completely goes away before we get him started.”

The A’s acquired Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom from the Rangers in December for prospects Michael Choice and Chris Bostick. The versatile outfielder is expected to give Oakland defensive flexibility as well as speed on the bases.

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