FREDERICK, MD-The Frederick Keys are excited to announce that Orioles outfielder, Craig Gentry is scheduled to join the team on a Major League rehab assignment. He has been on the disabled list since June 27 (retroactive June 24) with a left rib fracture. Gentry becomes the sixth Orioles player to rehab with Frederick this season.
Gentry, 34, was slashing .244/.306/.301 to go with eight RBIs, two triples, three doubles and nine runs scored in 59 games with the Orioles before going on the disabled list. Beginning his rehab assignment with Bowie on Tuesday, the outfielder hit .600/.692/.600 in three games. Going 6-for-10, Gentry scored three runs and walked three times.
In 77 games with the Orioles last season, Gentry hit .257/.333/.386 with two home runs, a triple, five doubles, 11 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Electing free agency in the offseason, the Arkansas native received a non-roster invitation to spring training and had his contract selected by the Orioles on March 29.
Friday is scheduled to be Gentry's first appearance in a Keys uniform. Originally selected by Texas in the 10th round of the 2006 draft out of the University of Arkansas, the former Razorback has spent time in the Major Leagues with the Orioles, Angels, Athletics and Rangers.
The Keys kickoff a six-game homestand on Friday, starting with a three-game series against the Buies Creek Astros. Right-hander Cristian Alvarado (10-8, 4.20) starts for Frederick and will be opposed by Astros right-hander Cristian Javier (3-4, 3.18). First pitch is at 7 and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn App starting at 6:45 p.m.
Friday is Cancer Awareness Night and Keys players and coaches will wear special jerseys with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Fireworks follow the game presented by Community Radiology Associates and Quincy Village. For tickets, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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