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05/07/2011 5:09 PM ET
Rangers place OF Nelson Cruz on 15-day disabled list
OF Craig Gentry recalled from Triple-A Round Rock
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Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has placed outfielder Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a strained right quadriceps muscle. To take his place on the 25-man roster, the club has recalled outfielder Craig Gentry from Round Rock (AAA). Gentry (#23) was expected to be in uniform and available for tonight's game against the Yankees.

Cruz left the game on Tuesday at Seattle in the 7th inning with tightness in his right quad muscle and has not played the last 3 games. The first date he would be eligible to be reinstated from the disabled list is May 19. Cruz is batting .219 with 7 home runs and 18 RBI in 30 games for the Rangers this season. This is the fourth trip to the disabled list for Cruz since the start of last season, as he had three DL stints in 2010 with hamstring injuries.

Gentry, 27, has spent the entire season at Round Rock, batting .239 (21-88) with 4 doubles, 9 RBI, and 4 stolen bases in 25 games for the Express. He has a .337 on-base percentage, while drawing 11 walks. The club's 2009 Rangers Minor League Defender of the Year has started 17 in center field and 8 games in left field, as Gentry currently rates statistically as the top outfield defender in the Pacific Coast League with no errors in 59 totals chances. The Fort Smith, Arkansas native has combined to bat .298 (256-859) with 65 stolen bases over his last 3 seasons (2009-11) at the minor league level. Gentry has appeared in a total of 31 games with Texas over the past 2 campaigns since making his major league debut in 2009.

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