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8 Desmond Jennings CF
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 10/30/1986 | Birthplace: Birmingham, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Itawamba CC MS | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $501,800 | Owned/Started%: 58/23 | Average Draft Position: 273.25
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Rays' Cash: Desmond Jennings could be pushed down in the lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash hinted at the idea of moving outfielder Desmond Jennings away from the leadoff spot this season, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

When asked about Jennings, Cash noted that he'd like to remove him from "leadoff mentality," noting that he may hit him fifth or sixth in the order. This may not be the only change for Jenning this season. On Tuesday Jennings showed up to camp noticeably lighter, and told reporters he's fine with splitting time between center and left field this season, with Kevin Kiermaier slotted at center.

The 28-year-old Jennings hit .273/.385/.364 in just 14 plate appearances at the No. 5 spot, and .321/.377/.464 in 61 plate appearance at the No. 6 spot in the order last season.


Rays' Desmond Jennings open to split playing time between CF, LF


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Desmond Jennings told the Rays he's fine with splitting time between center and left field, with Kevin Kiermaier playing center, according to the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday.

Jennings, who dealt with a bruised left knee last season, showed up to camp noticeably lighter, but wouldn't reveal how many pounds he shed in the offseason.

"It's a secret," Jennings said, MLB.com. "Can't let you know my secrets. ... I've been training. I've been hitting. Working hard the whole offseason. Trying to figure out a way to stay on the field for a full season. Do what I can to get better and to help this team."

Jennings was limited to 123 games due to a knee injury in 2014. He hit .244/.319/.378 with 10 home runs, 30 doubles, 36 RBI and 15 stolen bases over 542 plate appearances. He told reporters that with his lighter frame, he plans to run more this season.

"I wanted to run more last year," said Jennings, who missed the last month of the season due to a bruised left knee. "It just got to a point where I really couldn't. I want to run every time, so we'll see.


Rays OF Desmond Jennings (knee) back at 100 percent


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings has been working out at Tropicana Field, and told reporters on Monday that his left knee at 100 percent, per the Tampa Bay Times.

"One hundred percent, and ready to play some baseball," Jennings said. "I feel good."

Jennings injured his knee before the All-Star break, and was never the same the rest of the way in 2014. As a result, he was held out of the lineup for good on Aug. 29, limiting him to 123 games last season. He has yet to play more than 139 games. He hit .244/.319/.378 with 10 home runs, 30 doubles, 36 RBI and 15 stolen bases over 542 plate appearances -- his lowest numbers of his three full seasons in the majors.


Rays OF Desmond Jennings avoids arbitration


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Rays have avoided arbitration with center fielder Desmond Jennings on Friday, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Both sides agreed to $3.1 million for 2015. He will also receive $25,000 for 550 plate appearances.

Jennings was limited to 123 games due to a knee injury in 2014. He hit .244/.319/.378 with 10 home runs, 30 doubles, 36 RBI and 15 stolen bases over 542 plate appearances.


Rays' Silverman: Desmond Jennings is 'a big part of our plans'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) While Rays outfielders Matt Joyce, David DeJesus and Wil Myers have all been linked to trade rumors, it seems even if the Rays received calls about center fielder Desmond Jennings, there wouldn't be much interest to deal the 28-year-old outfielder.

"(Jennings is) an incredibly valuable player all around, and there's a reason why he's a mainstay in our lineup and a big part of our plans," Rays baseball operations president Matt Silverman said, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennings was limited to 123 games due to injury in 2014. He hit .244 with 10 home runs, 30 doubles, 36 RBI and 15 stolen bases.


Rays tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rays have tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players, per the team's official website on Tuesday. Those players include: right-hander Alex Cobb, infielder Logan Forsythe, outfielder Desmond Jennings, outfielder Matt Joyce, left-hander Jake McGee and left-hander Drew Smyly.

Desmond Jennings' season over


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings, who has been out since Aug. 28 with a sore left knee, will spend the final week of the regular season rehabbing the knee in Tampa Bay while the team travels to Boston and Cleveland, according to the Tampa Bay Times. In other words, his season is over.

Jennings said his knee has shown some improvement during his time away from the field.


Season likely over for Desmond Jennings


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times that outfielder Desmond Jennings will probably not play again this season. Jennings has been dealing with a knee injury and last played on Aug. 28.

In 123 games, Jennings has batted .244 with 10 home runs, 64 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.


Desmond Jennings still sidelined Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings' knee continues to bother him, and he is still out of the lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

Jennings has been unable to play since Aug. 28 as a result of the injury, and it is not yet clear when he might be able to return. 


Desmond Jennings set to sit again Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) A knee injury continues to prevent Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings from rejoining the lineup, He is out again Friday night against visiting Baltimore.

Jennings has been a no-go since Aug. 28.


Desmond Jennings not improving, misses seventh straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, as he continues to deal with a knee injury.

Jennings will miss his seventh game in a row Thursday, and manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday the knee has not improved. Jennings has felt the same soreness since he was scratched Friday, and the expanded rosters have allowed the team to take his recovery slow.  


Desmond Jennings still out with knee problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings remains out of the lineup Wednesday against Toronto with a knee issue that has kept him sidelined for six games.

Jennings was on a 9-for-28 run before going down.


Desmond Jennings out of lineup for fifth straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is out of the starting lineup yet again Tuesday against the Blue Jays, as he continues to deal with a knee injury. Jennings has now been out of the lineup five straight games, as he has not played since Thursday.  

Desmond Jennings not ready to return Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was held out of the starting lineup again on Monday against the Red Sox. Jennings is dealing with a knee issue and as a result he has been sidelined for four straight games. He is hitting .244 with 10 homers and 36 RBI over 479 at-bats.

Desmond Jennings misses third straight start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings did not make his return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Red Sox, missing a third straight start due to a knee injury. Kevin Kiermaier remained in center field for Tampa Bay.

Desmond Jennings sidelined for second straight by knee injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is out of the lineup for the second straight game against the Red Sox Saturday, as he continues to deal with a sore left knee. At this point, he is still considered day to day moving forward. 

Desmond Jennings dealing with left knee soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was a late scratch Friday night against the Red Sox due to left knee soreness, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jennings is hitting .244 with 10 homers and 36 RBI over 479 at-bats.

Hitters to sit in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Thinking about starting Stephen Vogt, Lucas Duda, Aaron Hill, Nick Castellanos, J.J. Hardy or Desmond Jennings in Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Desmond Jennings gets back at it Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is back in the lineup Friday against the Yankees, after missing two games due to a shoulder injury. He suffered the injury Tuesday when he crashed into the outfield wall, but is starting in center field and batting leadoff for Friday's series opener.  

 


Desmond Jennings hoping to play Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is hoping to play again Friday, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Jennings is dealing with an injured shoulder. He missed Wednesday's game due to the issue, and was not listed in Thursday's lineup. Jennings is hitting .241/.323/.384 over 427 at-bats. 


Desmond Jennings sitting again Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

Jennings hurt his shoulder while making a running catch a few days ago. He missed Wednesday's game due to the injury. Jennings is hitting .241/.323/.384 over 427 at-bats. 


Desmond Jennings may not be available Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings may not be available Wednesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

Jennings is dealing with a sore shoulder after crashing into the wall Tuesday. Manager Joe Maddon said Jennings was "a little sore" and opted to keep him out of the starting lineup. Jennings is hitting .241/.323/.384 over 427 at-bats.


Desmond Jennings slugs 10th home run Friday vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Cubs.

Jennings evened the game at 1-1 with his third-inning home run, his first blast since July 25. He has driven in at least one run in four of his six games this month. Jennings owns a .243/.326/.385 line with 10 home runs, 33 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 408 at-bats.


Desmond Jennings bangs out three hits


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals, upping his average to .248/.336/.390. The leadoff batter is up to 52 runs scored and 25 doubles this season.

Hitters to sit in Week 17


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/20/2014) If you're planning to start Derek Norris, Michael Morse, Aaron Hill, Nolan Arenado, Brad Miller or Desmond Jennings in Fantasy Week 17 (July 21-27), you might want to read the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

All are considered "sits" for the upcoming scoring period.