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Athletics activated OF Craig Gentry from the 15-day disabled list.

Sam Fuld was designated for assignment to open a spot on the A's active roster. Gentry hit the disabled list at the end of spring training with a lower back strain. Now healthy, he'll serve as Oakland's fourth outfielder.

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Craig Gentry is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin has yet to confirm what the corresponding move will be, but rumors have been swirling that Josh Reddick could be demoted to Triple-A. Gentry will serve as the A's fourth outfielder, where his speed makes him a valuable commodity in AL-only formats.

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Craig Gentry (back) will be activated on Friday.

Gentry was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the end of spring training with a lower back strain. Now healthy, he'll act as a roving backup outfielder for the A's.

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Craig Gentry (back) is expected to rejoin the Athletics at some point during this week's series with the Mariners.

Gentry was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21 with a lower back strain, but is close to a return. The A's acquired Gentry from the Rangers back in December.

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Athletics placed OF Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with a lower back strain.

Gentry has been slow to recover from a lower back strain but has been playing in minor league games lately. He should be ready sometime in April.

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Craig Gentry (back) will play six innings as the designated hitter in a minor league game Tuesday.

Gentry has been slow to recover from a lower back strain suffered in late February and will begin the season on the disabled list. However, he should be ready to return by mid-April if he can avoid setbacks.

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Craig Gentry (back) will begin the season on the disabled list.

The glacial pace at which Gentry recovered from the lower back strain he suffered in late February forced skipper Bob Melvin's hand. Gentry is aiming for a mid-April return. This revelation is probably good news for Michael Taylor, who is out of options.

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Craig Gentry (back) and Ryan Cook (shoulder) remain question marks for the Opening Day roster, reports the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, but both will be ready to return early in the season if not.

Gentry has been slow to recover from a lower back strain. Cook's shoulder inflammation may keep him out until the middle of next month. Whenever he returns, he'll serve as the primary setup man to new Oakland closer Jim Johnson. They'll aid in each other's recovery Wednesday when Gentry hits off Cook in batting practice.

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Craig Gentry (back) will take a full batting practice Monday.

It comes after he took some BP off coaches Sunday. Gentry is unlikely to be ready to play in games this week, but it shouldn't be far off. It will close as to whether he'll have time to get ready for Opening Day.

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Craig Gentry (back) will take batting practice off coaches Sunday.

It will only be half of a session, but it's better than nothing. Gentry has been slow to recover from a lower back strain and isn't a given to be ready for Opening Day.