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Report: Former Razorback Gentry retires from professional baseball

By: WholeHogSports
Published: Friday, May 3, 2019
Oakland Athletics' Craig Gentry swings during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, June 6, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Oakland Athletics' Craig Gentry swings during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, June 6, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Former Arkansas outfielder Craig Gentry retired Thursday after a brief stint with the Colorado Rockies’ Class AAA affiliate in Albuquerque, N.M.

Gentry, 35, was with the San Francisco Giants during spring training and signed with the Rockies as a free agent April 12. He played in three games for the Albuquerque Isotopes, going 7 for 13 (.538) before being placed on the 7-day injured list April 20 after hurting his quadriceps.

After suffering the injury, Gentry decided to spend more time with his family rather than pursue a return to Major League Baseball, according to his agent Bob Garber in a report from mlbtraderumors.com.

Gentry, who is from Fort Smith, was taken in the 10th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers after leading the Razorbacks as a senior with a .326 batting average and 16 stolen bases.

He enjoyed a solid run as a platoon outfielder with the Rangers and Oakland Athletics in 2011-2014, during which he hit .278 with 4 home runs and 75 stolen bases. In 2011, Gentry played in six of the Rangers' seven World Series games against the St. Louis Cardinals, and recorded one hit and scored one run.

After playing 26 games with Oakland in 2015 and 14 games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016, Gentry appeared in 145 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 2017-2018, batting .265 as a reserve outfielder.

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