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Craig Gentry to the disabled list, Engel Beltre up

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The Rangers have announced that Craig Gentry has been put on the d.l. with a non-displaced fracture in his hand.

Engel Beltre
Engel Beltre
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Per John Blake, the Rangers have placed Craig Gentry on the 15 day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.

To replace Gentry on the active roster, the Rangers have recalled Engel Beltre from AAA.

Gentry was hit by a pitch on the June 18 game against the Oakland A's, and hasn't been able to swing a bat since then. Gentry did appear in the June 20 game for defensive purposes, which means that the earliest he will be eligible to be activated is July 6.

Gentry going on the d.l. means that the Rangers need another true centerfielder on the major league roster, and thus Engel Beltre has been recalled. Beltre is considered the best defensive outfielder in the organization, capable of handling all three defensive positions. At the age of 23, he is hitting .300/.360/.406 for AAA Round Rock.

Beltre, who is out of options after this season, came over to Texas along with David Murphy and Kason Gabbard in the 2007 trade that sent Eric Gagne to Boston.