Texas Rangers - PlayerWatch

OF Craig Gentry was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a broken left (non-throwing) hand, suffered when he was hit by a pitch Tuesday night against Oakland. He is likely to be shut down from baseball activity for two weeks. Gentry is hitting .216 with one homer and nine RBIs in 51 games, but he is outstanding defensively.

OF Engel Beltre was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to replace injured OF Craig Gentry on the 25-man roster. Beltre, 23, was hitting .300 with four homers, 21 RBIs and 13 steals in 72 games for the Express, leading the club in runs (44) and ranking second in hits (88). Beltre's first game with Texas will represent his major league debut.

RHP Yu Darvish hasn't won in his last six starts, but it's not because he has pitched poorly. Darvish is 0-2 with a 2.66 ERA in that span, but has received zero or one run of support four times. Darvish gets the ball Tuesday night in Yankee Stadium against another Japanese right-hander, Hiroki Kuroda.

RHP Nick Tepesch displayed much better location and execution Sunday of his main pitches (sinker, slider), allowing him to pitch 5 2/3 solid innings and give Texas a chance to beat St. Louis RHP Adam Wainwright. Tepesch didn't get the win, but allowed just one run, a vast improvement over his 0-2, 9.77 ERA in his prior three starts.

RF Nelson Cruz had huge performances in the first two games against St. Louis over the weekend and is 8-for-22 (.389) with seven RBIs since moving up to the No. 3 spot. The Rangers have won all five games in which he's hit third. "He's got it in him," hitting instructor Dave Magadan said. "He's just got to stick with the plan and take what the pitcher gives him."

RHP Alexi Ogando was cleared to resume throwing off a mound. He has been sidelined since June 9 due to right shoulder inflammation, and he began a throwing program June 14.

RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) made his second rehab appearance Sunday for Double-A Frisco, working a 1-2-3 inning against Corpus Christi with two strikeouts. The former Royals closer, who hasn't pitched in a big league game since Sept. 2, 2011, threw seven of 12 pitches for strikes. He might be able to join the major league roster in early July.