CLEVELAND — The Orioles activated outfielder Craig Gentry from the disabled list Friday for their series opener against the Cleveland Indians as veteran outfielder Adam Jones went on the bereavement list, the team announced.
Gentry hit .244 with a .607 OPS and 10 steals in 13 chances before he suffered a fractured rib when he was hit with a pitch, and went on the disabled list June 27. He had nine hits in 23 at-bats on his rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Bowie and High-A Frederick, and will join the right field mix in Jones’ absence along with Joey Rickard and Jace Peterson.
“We’ve missed Craig,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Just to have his presence around, especially some of the younger players that we have — not only position players but pitchers. He’s a consummate pro, he’s always ready, and he’s a guy that I’m sure a lot of clubs this time of year would love to have on their team.”
Jones had a death in the family that he needed to attend to, and could miss the entire weekend series.
Showalter said he expects him back Monday when the team begins a series in Toronto.
Additionally, the Orioles summoned right-hander Ryan Meisinger from Triple-A Norfolk to keep their bullpen at eight relievers after right-hander Evan Phillips was optioned to the Tides following Wednesday’s game.
Meisinger, a Dunkirk native, made four major league appearances earlier this season, allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings. He was activated from Norfolk’s disabled list Monday after missing two weeks with a shoulder strain, but has pitched twice since then.