It looks as though the A’s will welcome back outfielder Craig Gentry soon.
Manager Bob Melvin told reporters before Sunday’s game at Atlanta that Gentry will soon begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. He’s missed the past 19 games with a fractured right hand, and his eventual return will be welcomed by an A’s team that could use a shot in the arm from any source possible.
Gentry is hitting .264 and he has just 10 RBI in 80 games. But he’s stolen 18 bases, and the A’s have missed the speed element that he brings either off the bench or spelling one of the outfielders. Oakland has been held to three runs or fewer in 13 of the past 17 games, and any extra dimension they can add offensively will be important.
In another injury update, first baseman Kyle Blanks (torn left calf) is 6-for-13 in five rehab games with Sacramento.