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HOUSTON -- The A's outfield underwent quite a shakeup Monday, with Craig Gentry heading to the disabled list with a broken right hand and speedster Billy Burns being called up from Double-A Midland.
Gentry was hit on the right hand on a bunt attempt Sunday on a play that was ruled a foul ball. His injury, combined with Coco Crisp leaving the team to get his neck examined, leaves the A's very thin in veteran experience at center. Yoenis Cespedes is starting there Monday against Houston.
Gentry initially thought his injury was minor. He stayed in the game but said his hand hurt more with each at-bat. He was hit on the knuckles, but an MRI on Monday morning showed the fracture on the back of his hand.
The switch-hitting Burns, acquired over the offseason from Washington for reliever Jerry Blevins, impressed during spring training, but his major league arrival was not expected until the September roster expansion at the very earliest.
He was hitting .250 with one homer and 23 RBI at Midland and leading the Texas League with 51 stolen bases.