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July 28, 2011

Rangers' Thursday pregame notes: Gentry to DL

Here are a few pregame notes before the Rangers and Twins wrap up this four-game series.

* Outfielder Craig Gentry has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Gentry suffered a mild concussion with a hard slide into second base against the Blue Jays on Sunday. The concussion disabled list isn't retroactive, so it begins today. Gentry is able to come off the DL on Aug. 4, the Rangers final game in Detroit. If he's able to come back on time, it would likely be when the Rangers being a six-game homestand against Cleveland on Aug. 5.

* With Gentry headed to the DL, catcher Taylor Teagarden has been recalled. Teagarden gives Rangers manager Ron Washington more flexibility in how he can use Mike Napoli. Teagarden isn't expecting much playing time, but said he will be ready when needed.

* Washington said he pays attention to the trade deadline rumors, but doesn't get too caught up in them. "I am an inquiring mind like everybody else, but I don't have letdowns," Washington said.

* Washington thought the team had a productive two days with center field prospect Leonys Martin, who defected from Cuba and signed with the Rangers earlier this season. "The talent is there," Washington said.

* Ian Kinsler doesn't pay attention to many stats, especially the one out there about the Rangers being 17-15 against teams who start left-handers. "I don't know if they're just looking for excuses for us, but we don't need them," Kinsler said. The one stat he cares about? "Win-loss. That's it."

-- Drew Davison


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Right, we can only hope that Gentry to the DL and TT to travel with the team is an indication that Torrealta is going somewhere and we are not getting a catcher in return...He is the worst 'starting catcher' the Rangers have ever employed. He's lazy, defense is suspect and no arm. Has never stabbed a pitch to his right.

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