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Athletics place Craig Gentry on DL with broken hand

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The A's will be without Craig Gentry for a while.
The A's will be without Craig Gentry for a while. (USATSI)

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The Athletics have placed speedy outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list with a broken hand, the team announced. He was hit by a pitch while squaring around to bunt over the weekend.

Gentry, 30, is hitting .264/.326/.299 (79 OPS+) in 80 games this year, including .273/.327/.333 (87 OPS+) against lefties. He is a standout defensive player, so he's worth having in the lineup despite the lack of offense. Gentry missed the start of the season with a lower back strain.

The A's called up speedster Billy Burns to replace Gentry on the roster. The 24-year-old is hitting .250/.333/.330 with 51 stolen bases in 91 Double-A games this year. Oakland acquired him from the Nationals in the Jerry Blevins trade over the winter.

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