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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%: 46/30 | Average Draft Position: 251.88
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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."


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.