Gentry (groin) will start in center field and bat leadoff in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Rays, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. The Orioles scratched Gentry from the lineup Monday after his groin acted up, but his availability one day later suggests it's not a major concern. The veteran is still competing for an Opening Day roster spot, but even in a best-case scenario, he'd likely be no more than a fourth or fifth outfielder for the Orioles
Gentry is out of the Orioles' lineup Monday dealing with a groin injury, Rich Dubroff of Pressboxonline.com reports. At this point, it's unclear how much time Gentry will miss with the injury, so consider him day-to-day until the Orioles release more about his status. The 33-year-old veteran isn't expected to make the Opening Day roster, but should be a top option if the Orioles need to fill a void.
Gentry went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, three RBI, two runs and a strikeout in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against Toronto. Gentry had gone hitless in his previous four games before busting out Wednesday. He's now 5-for-20 (.250) with four RBI, four runs and five strikeouts through 10 spring games. The 33-year-old, eight-year veteran is not expected to make the Opening Day roster, but with 456 MLB games and nearly 1,000 big league at-bats to his name, Gentry would be a top option to join the Orioles should a need arise.
Gentry's defensive prowess give his a boost in the race for an Opening Day reserve role, SB Nation reports. The 33-year-old outfielder has bounced between the majors and minors for the past couple of seasons. Gentry is an above-average defender which is something the Orioles have a need for. If Gentry makes the team, he will be relegated to a platoon role most likely in left field, but can also fill in for Adam Jones in center when needed.
Gentry signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on Saturday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Gentry is expected to report immediately. The 33-year-old hit just .147 in 14 major league games with the Angels last season, but has a .261 career average and can play any outfield position. Gentry will compete for a reserve role in the Baltimore outfield, along with Christian Walker and Aneury Tavarez.