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8 Desmond Jennings LF
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: 6 | Salary: $501,800 | Owned/Started%: 16/0 | Average Draft Position: 251.87
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Rays' Desmond Jennings nearing rehab assignment


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:26 pm ET) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings said he could start his rehab assignment this weekend at Triple-A, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennings has been out since April 25 with a knee injury, but he has been participating in simulated games recently.


Rays' Desmond Jennings plays in simulated game Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings played in a simulated game Tuesday and said it went well, reports MLB.com.

"It was one of the best days Desmond has had," manager Kevin Cash said. "So that's a good sign."

Jennings is trying to come back from a knee injury, which has kept him out since April 25.

"Just trying to get back into action, get back into shape and get ready to play," Jennings said. "[My knee is] progressing. That's good. It definitely doesn't feel like it felt before. So we're still getting the last little bit of rehab in, then we'll go from there."

He added that he hopes to begin his rehab assignment soon.


Rays' Desmond Jennings, Drew Smyly to play in simulated game Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings will participate in a simulated game Tuesday, reports MLB.com.

Jennings is dealing with bursitis in his left knee. Jennings will face pitcher Drew Smyly, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury. Both are expected to return in early August.


Rays' Desmond Jennings begins working out with Class A team


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings began working out with Class A Charlotte on Saturday, according to MLB.com. Jennings, who is sidelined due to left knee surgery, is expected to begin a rehab assignment in August.

Rays' Desmond Jennings aiming for rehab assignment in August


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings said his surgically repaired knee feels fine, but he hasn't been cleared for baseball activities yet, according to The Tampa Tribune. He remains hopeful he will begin a rehab assignment in August.

Jennings was expected to miss up to eight weeks after undergoing surgery in mid-June.


Rays transfer Desmond Jennings to 60-day DL


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) The Rays transferred outfielder Desmond Jennings to the 60-day disabled list Sunday, the team announced.

Jennings recently underwent knee surgery earlier this month and is expected to need eight weeks to recover.


Rays OF Desmond Jennings out for eight weeks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks following Thursday's knee surgery, according to the Tampa Bay Times

This puts Jennings on path to return in mid-August. 


Rays LF Desmond Jennings undergoes knee surgery Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings had surgery on his left knee Wednesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennings had the surgery to alleviate the thickening of tissue in his knee. He has no timetable for a return. He last played April 25.


Rays OF Desmond Jennings getting knee scoped Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings will have his injured knee scoped on Wednesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Jennings has been dealing with the knee ailment since early this season and was placed on the disabled list on April 25. He played in an extended spring training game last Monday. 

The scope will be for exploratory purposes to see if anything else is going on inside the knee. If no new damage is found, manager Kevin Cash said the timeline to return will be three to four weeks in a best-case scenario


Rays OF Desmond Jennings to get further tests on ailing knee


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is still being bothered by a knee injury that has had him on the disabled list since April 25. Jennings was able to play in an extended spring training game on Monday.

However, manager Kevin Cash said Jennings will see a specialist at the Steadman Clinic in Colorado next week to get to the bottom of what is causing Jennings' discomfort, according to the Tampa Tribune.

"Hopefully this will provide a little clarity," Cash said. 


Rays' Desmond Jennings plays in extended spring training


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was able to have two at-bats during an extended spring training game Monday, reports The Tampa Tribune.

Jennings has not played since April 25 because of bursitis in his knee. He is on the 15-day disabled list.


Rays' Cash: Desmond Jennings 'getting closer' to baseball activities


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings (knee) is "getting closer" to beginning baseball activities, manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday. However, there is no timetable for Jennings to begin a rehab assignment.

Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings feeling better with knee injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is feeling better about his left knee, which landed him on the disabled list, according to MLB.com.

Jennings, who is on the 15-day DL with bursitis in his knee, remains without a timetable for return. 

"I talked to Des yesterday and I know he's itching to get back," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He's very optimistic with the way he is feeling. I think before the DL stint, I didn't quite sense that optimism, but he's definitely feeling better now."

It is unclear if Jennings will go on a rehab assignment, but Cash indicated it would take him a game or two to get his timing back for how much time he's missed.


Rays' Desmond Jennings tests knee with running Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings (knee) ran Sunday for the first time since hitting the disabled list, The Tampa Tribune reports.

Jennings, who is recovering from left knee bursitis, ran on a strip of grass outside Tropicana Field rather than on the AstroTurf inside the stadium. He said his knee felt fine.

Jennings has hit .222/.306/.238 with five stolen bases in 63 at-bats. He remains without a timetable for return.


Rays Desmond Jennings worried about playing on turf


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury. His return to the field will be impacted by Tampa Bay's playing surface. 

"The issue is we play on the turf, and in his mind, and other players, it affects him," manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB Network Radio.

"We have to factor that in (to his return timetable)," he added. "Knees, ankles, back, hips, are all impacted by it, especially outfielders."


Rays don't have a timetable for Desmond Jennings' return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings told manager Kevin Cash his knee is feeling better, but Cash said there is still no timetable for Jennings' return from left knee bursitis.

“The swelling’s gone down,” Cash said, per The Tampa Tribune. “He’s seeing progress. That’s a great sign.”


Rays place Desmond Jennings on DL, call up Joey Butler


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Rays placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Sunday. 

Jennings is suffering from left knee bursitis and hasn't played since April 25. He was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup. 

The Rays called up outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham to replace Jennings. Butler has played 14 MLB games with two teams. He was leading Durham in hits, total bases and RBI. 


Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings scratched with knee soreness


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was scratched from Saturday's game against the Orioles with left knee soreness, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Jennings was slated to lineup at DH for Saturday's game after missing five straight games with a knee injury. Manager Kevin Cash suggested a DL stint may be looming for Jennings, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"It's not the Dez we want to see," Cash said. "It's just not progressing the way we want it," Cash said.

He is is hitting .222 with two RBI in 63 at-bats this season. 


Desmond Jennings at DH for Rays, Brandon Guyer, Rene Rivera to bench


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Desmond Jennings returned to the Rays' lineup on Saturday, after missing five games with a sore knee. 

Jennings will play designated hitter, not left field. Regular DH David DeJesus moves to left field, sending Brandon Guyer to the bench. 

Catcher Rene Rivera is also out of the starting lineup as backup Bobby Wilson gets a day in the starting lineup. Wilson will make his seventh start of the year and bat ninth.


Rays' Cash: Desmond Jennings (knee) will play Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings will return to the starting lineup Saturday against the Orioles, manager Kevin Cash said Friday. Jennings missed a fifth straight start Friday due to left knee soreness.

Cash added Jennings will receive some playing time at DH and scheduled off-days until he gets back to 100 percent. Jennings is batting .222 with no home runs and two RBI in 18 games.


Rays OF Desmond Jennings out of lineup Friday vs. Orioles


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was held out of the starting lineup on Friday. Jennings is suffering from left knee soreness, and could miss the entire weekend series against the Orioles. 

Jennings hasn't started a game since Saturday. Kevin Kiermaier started in center field on Friday, with Brandon Guyer in left and Steven Souza Jr. in right.


Rays' Desmond Jennings could sit out weekend games at Tropicana


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) With the Rays now playing three games at home on AstroTurf instead of Camden Yards in Baltimore, outfielder Desmond Jennings (left knee soreness) could remain sidelined until Tampa Bay squares off against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Jennings has sat out four straight games due to a knee injury, and although he could be held out of the starting lineup this weekend, manager Kevin Cash remains hopeful that he will play at some point against Baltimore.

"I do but the turf, I think, is the issue, but we're hopeful he (will play)," Cash said. "He's doing everything he can. He's working hard to get back. He's getting his treatment and stuff. It's as frustrating for him as anybody."

Jennings has started the season with a .222 batting average (14 for 63) with one double, seven walks, seven runs, nine strikeouts and five stolen bases in 18 games.


Rays OF Desmond Jennings misses fourth straight start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings did not return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, missing a fourth straight start due to a knee injury. 

Jennings is batting .273 (6 for 22) with one double, one walk, two runs, four strikeouts and one stolen base in his last six games.


Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings out of the lineup again Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is out of the lineup once again Tuesday while dealing with a knee injury, the team announced per the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennings left Saturday's game with the injury and has been held out of the lineup ever since with Kevin Kiermaier drawing his third consecutive start in center. Jennings is hitting .222 with two RBI in 63 at-bats this season.


Rays' Desmond Jennings (knee) remains out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is not in the starting lineup for a second straight game Monday against the Yankees.

"I think he's feeling better," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com. "He's a big part of what we're doing, and we need to get him healthy and back in the lineup. We don't want to rush anything right now."

Jennings came out of Saturday's game with knee soreness and appears to still be dealing with the issue two days later. He said that his knee is "fine" and that he's not going on the disabled list but doesn't know when he'll play next, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

"It just started bothering me," Jennings said. "I'm trying to play as soon as possible. Just keep getting treatment and doing some stuff and go from there."

Kevin Kiermaier will receive a second straight start in center field. The Rays are underdogs (+130) against the Yankees in New York Monday.