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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%: 26/1 | Average Draft Position: 251.97
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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.


Rays' Desmond Jennings (knee) not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

Jennings was removed from Saturday's game due to knee soreness and, one day later, he'll miss his first start of the season. He has hit .222/.306/.238 with five stolen bases in 63 at-bats.

The Rays are favorites (-135) against the Blue Jays Sunday.


Rays' Desmond Jennings leaves game Saturday with knee soreness


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Blue Jays with knee soreness, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennings left in the eighth inning after going 1 for 3 with two strikeouts. He is considered day to day with the injury. He's hitting .222 with two RBI in 63 at-bats this season.


Rays' Desmond Jennings likely to get DH start on Wednesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash is shuffling the defense as he gives several position players a turn at designated hitter. 

Asdrubal Cabrera had his turn on Tuesday, getting the night off from shortstop to play DH. Cash said that Wednesday, regular center fielder Desmond Jennings was likely to get the call at DH, per the Tampa Bay Times


Rays manager Kevin Cash rolls out lineup vs. LHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday's batting order against the Orioles will be the standard lineup for when a left-handed starter is on the mound, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Orioles are starting Wei-Yin Chen on Tuesday.

The Rays lineup Tuesday was Brandon Guyer (LF), Steven Souza (RF), Asdrubal Cabrera (SS), Evan Longoria (3B), Desmond Jennings (CF), Logan Forsythe (DH), James Loney (1B), Rene Rivera (C) and Tim Beckham (2B).


Big spring raises expectations for Rays' Desmond Jennings


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings hit .435 this spring, raising expectations that he might have a breakthrough season. 

"I think Desmond has shown more so this year, more so than years in the past, his complete ability to play the game of baseball and not just run and play defense," teammate Evan Longoria said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "He's swung the bat probably the best anyone has swung it in the spring. I think that's what over the past couple years we've been hoping for."


Rays to use Opening Day lineup vs. Tigers on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that his lineup against the Tigers on Saturday, will be the same he uses on Opening Day, and against right-handed pitchers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The club will roll with John Jaso, Steven Souza, Asdrubal Cabrera, Evan Longoria, James Loney, Desmond Jennings, Logan Forsythe, Rene Rivera and Kevin Kiermaier.

Against left-handed pitchers, Cash told reporters he will use Brandon Guyer at the leadoff spot, Jennings and Loney will flip spots in the order, Forsythe will serve as a designated hitter and Tim Beckham will be at second base, per the Tampa Tribune.


Rays' Cash: Desmond Jennings been on fire offensively all spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) It took 12 games for Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings to hit his first home run this spring, but despite the lack of home run power, the 28-year-old outfielder is still doing pretty well in Grapefruit League games.

Jennings, who hit a solo home run Thursday against the Yankees, is batting .483 (14 for 29) with two RBI, four runs, four walks and two stolen bases.

“He’s been on fire all spring, his at-bats, everything,” manager Kevin Cash said, per The Tampa Tribune. “The impressive thing is, the other day he didn’t have his best day, looked a little lot of sorts, but he came back two days after that and just erased it. He’s knocking balls all over the place.”


Desmond Jennings cranks out two singles in return to lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings returned to the starting lineup, batting sixth in Wednesday's 9-3 Grapefruit League win over Toronto. Jennings, who missed Tuesday's game with a stomach bug, went 2 for 2 with a pair of singles. He is hitting .563 this spring.

Rays OF Desmond Jennings scratched with stomach bug


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was scratched Tuesday afternoon because of a stomach bug, manager Kevin Cash told reporters, per the Tampa Bay Times. Jennings is hitting .500 (7 for 14) with one RBI this spring.

Rays planning to only play Kevin Kiermaier in center field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday he plans to only play outfielder Kevin Kiermaier in center field this season, per the Tampa Bay Times. Desmond Jennings is expected to play in center field when Kiermaier isn't in the lineup.

“They had that outfield combination a couple years ago with B.J. (Upton) and (Carl) Crawford,” Cash said. “That was a pretty good tandem in the outfield. I think there’s probably some comparisons -- I don’t know if they’re fair -- that that’ll be quite the outfield to have cover a lot of ground out there.” 

Kiermaier started in center field and hit leadoff Wednesday against the Twins. However, it doesn't appear Cash wants to bat Kiermaier in the leadoff spot this season.

"Obviously he's fast," Cash said, per MLB.com. "He brings a lot. But I don't think in the leadoff role. ... He probably could develop into that and be a force. But I think right now we have some other guys we want to get into that spot. Not to say that he wouldn't [hit leadoff] on given days. But right now I don't think the plan is to pencil him into that leadoff spot."


Rays' Cash expecting Desmond Jennings to play a lot in LF


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said outfielder Desmond Jennings will play a lot in left field this season, per MLB.com.

"That was part of the coversations we've had in the offseason, and we're very much on board with that," Cash said.

Jennings is a skilled center fielder, but Kevin Kiermaier is considered a strong defender with an above-average arm, which gives Cash options for his defensive alignment. Playing in left field could also be a way for the Rays to keep Jennings in the lineup and off of the trainer's table.

"Part of the thought we've had, we know there's more in there, [Jennings] knows there's more in there," Cash said. "He had some hiccups last year with health, staying on the field. So it's tough to really gauge a guy when you're battling some injury issues throughout the course of the year. But you look at certain parts of his seasons, and he's done some unbelievable things."