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CF Craig Gentry took batting practice for the first time Tuesday since being placed on the disabled list with a fracture in his left hand on June 23. He batted .300 for Triple-A Round Rock and is a candidate for the big league roster at some point during the season.

RHP Yu Darvish was scratched from his start Thursday against the Orioles and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 7, because of a mild strain in his upper right back. He will be eligible to come off the disabled list July 22 against the Yankees. The Rangers have not yet named a starter to replace him Thursday. "At this stage, it's not something we are really worried about," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "It was a little more fatigue than anything. But at this stage in the season, effectively we can give him two weeks and down and he'll only miss one start." Darvish, who is 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA, felt the pain after throwing a side session following his most previous start July 6 against Houston. He will fly back to Dallas for further evaluation Thursday and then possibly meet back up with the club for the weekend series against Detroit. "I don't think it's a big issue, but just as a precaution, I'd rather skip a start than push it through," Darvish said in a statement.

RF Nelson Cruz said Wednesday he plans to play in this year's All-Star game despite being linked to the ongoing BioGenesis Clinic scandal. MLB will reportedly hand out suspensions to any players directly involved with the clinic following the All-Star game. Cruz is expected to face media scrutiny prior to the showcase. "He'll have his family there, and enjoy the experience," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "No sense in him thinking about what may happen because if he's at the All-Star Game. It certainly hasn't happened yet."

RHP Colby Lewis, who is recovering from right flexor pronator surgery, threw 45 pitches in live batting practice Tuesday and is scheduled to do the same Saturday in Detroit. He has attempted injury rehab assignment twice already and has not pitched since a minor league game for Memphis on May 25, allowing three runs in four innings. There is no set timetable for his return.

RHP Ross Wolf will start for the Rangers in the series finale at Baltimore on Thursday, replacing RHP Yu Darvish, who went on the disabled list. Wolf is 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 12 appearances this year, the past 11 of them in relief. In his lone start, he pitched five innings of one-run ball to beat the A's on May 22. He has never started against Baltimore, and he's made just one career appearance against the Orioles, when he retired the only batter he faced Monday.

RHP Alexi Ogando is still recovering from right shoulder inflammation and will make his second scheduled rehab start Thursday for Round Rock in Omaha. He is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts this season, but he has not pitched since June 5. Ogando has been on the disabled list twice this season.

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