The Orioles selected Gentry's contract from Triple-A Norfolk and inserted him into the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. Gentry will bat ninth and man right field. Gentry will assume the 40-man and active roster spot of Hyun Soo Kim, who was packaged to the Phillies in the Jeremy Hellickson trade Friday. The Orioles view Gentry strictly as a depth option who can back up every outfield spot, but he'll gain entry into the starting nine Sunday with Mark Trumbo nursing a stiff back and Seth Smith receiving the day off with a left-hander (Martin Perez) starting for the Rangers.
Gentry cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. A spot was needed for the returning Chris Davis (oblique), and Gentry was the roster casualty. It makes sense as Gentry is mostly limited to the outfield corners defensively, and he's hit just .175/.273/.263 in 48 games this season. The 33-year-old will look to get on track with Norfolk and earn his way back onto the 40-man before the end of the season.
Gentry is starting in right field and hitting ninth Saturday against Minnesota. The 33-year-old will make his fifth start since returning to the big-league club on June 20 (17 games). With a brutal .185 batting average through 46 contests this season, Gentry is no more than a punt play Saturday in daily leagues.
Gentry's contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. Since being sent back to the minors, the veteran outfielder has found some success at the plate, slashing .275/.345/.382 during his time with the Tides. He'll head back to the big leagues to offer reserve outfield depth. To make room for him on the active roster, David Washington was optioned to Triple-A and Zach Britton (forearm) was transferred to the 60-day DL.
Gentry was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. The veteran outfielder ended up being the odd man out when the Orioles needed a roster spot for Welington Castillo to return from the DL. It comes as a bit of a surprise given that the Orioles are now carrying three catchers on the major-league roster, although Gentry's .162 batting average and sparse playing time certainly didn't help his cause. He already passed through waivers, so he'll act as organizational depth for the time being.
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