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Height/Weight: 5-11/190 | Birthdate: 12/20/1979 | Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Rutgers | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $4,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 6/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rays OF's Kevin Kiermaier, David DeJesus sit against lefty Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:09 pm ET) With the Rays facing a left-hander on Friday, manager Kevin Cash has loaded his lineup with right-handed swingers.

Outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and David DeJesus are being held out of the lineup against the A's. Kiermaier had started nine straight games for the Rays, but will take a seat on Friday, despite the fact he actually has a higher batting average against lefties (.267) than righties (.232).

DeJesus meanwhile has been on a tear lately. He's batting an even .400 (10 for 25) over his current seven-game hitting streak. But he's been heavily shielded against southpaws this season, having just three at-bats against left-handed pitching. 

Joey Butler will enter the lineup and bat fifth while playing left field. Brandon Guyer moves up to the leadoff spot and will play center field on Friday. 


Rays DH David DeJesus hits HR, double in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rays designated hitter David DeJesus hit a solo home run in the seventh inning of Thursday night's 3-0 win over the Athletics. 

DeJesus went yard off of Jesse Chavez on the first pitch of the at-bat. For DeJesus, it's his fourth home run of the season. He finished the game 2 for 4 and also hit an RBI double.

"I'm feeling good," DeJesus said on his approach after the game, per MLB.com. "I'm just getting pitches and not trying to do too much with it."

DeJesus has now recorded a hit in seven consecutive games and has recorded 18 RBI for the year. 

He now holds a slash line of .324/.367/.500. 


Rays to use James Loney as DH on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash moved James Loney as a designated hitter for Saturday's contest against Minnesota.

Cash told reporters he planned to give his regular first baseman a DH day at some point over the weekend, and felt Saturday was the best day to do so, per the Tampa Bay Times. Logan Forsythe moved to first base, with David DeJesus in left field.

Loney is hitting .241 (19 for 79) with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI this season.

Tampa Bay is favored (-110) at Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.


Rays DH David DeJesus goes deep in defeat to Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) The light-hitting Rays have gotten some heavy hitting from designated hitter David DeJesus lately. And Friday night proved no exception.

DeJesus slugged his third home run of the year and second since May 8. His solo blast in the second inning gave his team a 1-0 lead it eventually squandered in a defeat to Minnesota.

The 35-year-old DeJesus has hit safely in eight of his last nine starts. He is 12-for-31 during that stretch and has upped his batting average from .241 to .301.


Rays get homers from DeJesus, Guyer in No. 5 spot Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) The Rays amassed a great deal of production from the No. 5 spot in the order Friday, with left fielder David DeJesus going 1 for 2 with a solo home run before being replaced by Brandon Guyer, who hit a pinch-hit three-run home run and added a single in his second at-bat.

The homers were the second of the season for both DeJesus and Guyer, who combined to drive in four runs in their team's 8-2 win over the Rangers. DeJesus has hit .300/.364/.429 in 70 at-bats, while Guyer has hit .283/.389/.483 in 60 at-bats.


Rays LF David DeJesus has success against Red Sox Porcello


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) David DeJesus will man left field and bat fifth for the second consecutive game for the Rays in Tuesday night's matchup with the Red Sox. DeJesus has a lifetime .364 batting average (8 for 22) against Boston's starter Rick Porcello, so Rays manager Kevin Cash will hope his left fielder can continue that success Tuesday.

On the season, DeJesus is batting .259 with a home run and 10 RBI. He snapped a five-game hitless streak by going 2 for 4 on Monday.


Two-hit Monday ends drought for Rays DH David DeJesus


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Two hits and two RBI might not seem like a huge deal, but it was Monday night for Rays designated hitter David DeJesus. Even a small sip of water is important to a guy wandering around the desert.

DeJesus was on quite a dry spell heading into play. He was hitless in his previous 16 at-bats and had not enjoyed a multi-hit game since April 18.

He was hot to start the year, but his slide knocked his average down from .417 to .241.


Brandon Guyer out of Rays lineup on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Left fielder Brandon Guyer is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Monday's game. 

David DeJesus replaces Guyer in left field, his third start in left this season. He'll bat fifth in the order. 

Replacing DeJesus at designated hitter is Joey Butler, who starts his second straight game since getting called up over the weekend. Butler is hitting eighth in the order. 


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.


Tim Beckham replaces David DeJesus at Rays DH


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Rays DH David DeJesus is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game. In his place, Tim Beckham becomes the eighth Rays player to start at designated hitter this season. 

Beckham has five starts at second base and two at shortstop this season. He went 2 for 2 with two RBI and a home run after entering Friday's game as a pinch hitter. 

The Rays are +102 money line underdogs against visiting Toronto. 


Rays' David DeJesus hits first home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Rays left fielder David DeJesus went 2 for 3 with a three-run home run in his team's 8-5 win over the Marlins Sunday.

DeJesus has put together an excellent first week of the season, capping it with his first home run of the year Sunday. He's 6 for 11 with six runs and six RBI in four games and could continue to see significant playing time while performing well.


Rays' Steven Souza not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Rays outfielder Steven Souza is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.

Souza is just 2 for 15 to open the season and will get a break from starting Sunday. He's being replaced by David DeJesus, who will bat second and play left field.

The Rays are underdogs (+125) against the Marlins Sunday.


Rays' David DeJesus gets 3 RBI in pinch-hitting situation


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) David DeJesus hit a three-run double in the top of the seventh for the Rays in Friday night's 10-9 loss to the Marlins. 

DeJesus came into the game and hit a double to center field. The hit cleared the bases and tied the game up at 7-7 in the moment. Asdrubal Cabrera then hit an RBI single to score DeJesus, putting the Rays up 8-7.

The seventh-inning hit was DeJesus' only plate appearance of the game. In two appearances this season, DeJesus is 4 for 8. 


Rays DH John Jaso out for Wednesday, David DeJesus to fill in


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rays designated hitter John Jaso will miss Wednesday's game with a wrist injury, manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday per the Tampa Bay Times.

Jaso suffered a wrist contusion Monday and will also miss Tuesday's game with the injury. He is expected to be re-evaluated Wednesday for a further diagnosis after X-rays did not show a break and an MRI didn't show any ligament damage, according to the MLB.com. He is considered day-to-day.

"The wrist is still pretty sore today," Jaso said. "The range of motion. The mobility is still restricted. We're still kind of assessing it day to day. Probably not going to go out there with the team and do anything as far as like BP goes, or fundamentals or things like that. It's going to be one of those things where I go to sleep and discuss it again tomorrow with the trainers [on Wednesday]."

The team wants him to consider not sliding headfirst anymore.

"I don't know how many times I've been told I could slide headfirst, and I'm like, 'Yeah, I know,'" Jaso said. "It's kind of one of those things where I'm probably going to slide feet first next time, because I don't want this to happen again. "

David DeJesus will fill in as the DH Wednesday. DeJesus is hitting .269 with six home runs and 16 RBI in his career as a DH.


Rays DH John Jaso leaves game with wrist contusion


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Rays designated hitter John Jaso left Monday's game with a left wrist contusion. He was injured while attempting to advance on a wild pitch.

Jaso, 31, was replaced by David DeJesus in the third inning. Prior to exiting the game, Jaso walked once.

Jaso is said to be out at least a couple of days after suffering a sprained left wrist. X-Rays came back showing there was no break, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

"It's really sore," said Jaso after the game.


Rays continuing to keep David DeJesus available for trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Rays are keeping outfielder David DeJesus available for a trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

However, Heyman notes it is tough to trade outfielders right now because the market is filled with potential options, especially with a plethora of outfielders on teams like the Red Sox and Diamondbacks.

DeJesus is batting .227 (5 for 22) with two runs, two doubles, three RBI, one walk and one strikeout in nine spring games.


Rays OF David DeJesus leaves game after getting hit on arm


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Rays outfielder David DeJesus left Friday's spring game against the Twins in the bottom of the fourth inning after getting hit by a pitch on the arm. However, the injury didn't appear to be serious as DeJesus was laughing and joking around in the dugout, per the Tampa Bay Times.

DeJesus went 1 for 1 before leaving Friday's game.


DeJesus preparing to play for Rays amid shadow of trade rumors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Outfielder David DeJesus would like to stay with the Rays, but he is well aware his name is being mentioned in trade rumors and he might be with a new team before the start of the 2015 season, per the Tampa Bay Times.

"I know we're going to have a bunch of great guys on this team, and I want to be part of a team that people are kind of sleeping on. I want to be part of that team that can make history in that way," he said. "I feel like I can help this team out. But if that's the way it goes, then whatever … I'm not letting it affect me at all."

With the offseason additions of John Jaso and Steven Souza, playing time at DH and in the outfield has been greatly diminished for DeJesus, who is slated to make $5 million in 2015.

"I'm taking it like I'm a Ray right now, and I'm going to keep preparing like I'm going to be a guy that's going to help this team get to a championship," DeJesus said. "It's tough when you hear your name all the time, you read your name a lot. But I've been on five teams already, so I understand the business of the game. And I'm not worried about it. I'm just going to go out and play my game."


Report: Rays' Joyce generating more trade interest than DeJesus


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Rays have received more interest in outfielder Matt Joyce than outfielder David DeJesus in early trade talks, according to ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick. Joyce is in his final year of arbitration, while DeJesus is signed through 2015 but has a $5 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2016.

Rays expand active roster on Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Rays have announced several roster moves on Monday. The team recalled pitchers Steve Geltz and Brandon Gomes and catcher Curt Casali from Triple-A Durham. Outfileder David DeJesus was also activated from the disabled list, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

David DeJesus coming off DL Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) The Rays announced outfielder David DeJesus (hand) will be activated off the disabled list Monday. DeJesus has been on a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte.

David DeJesus goes 1 for 4 in rehab start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rays outfielder David DeJesus went 1 for 4 during a rehab start Wednesday.

DeJesus served as the designated hitter for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He struck out once during the game. DeJesus has been out since June 18 with a hand injury.


David DeJesus moving up to Class A Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Rays outfielder David DeJesus took part in batting practice as Tropicana Field Tuesday, and reported no issues with his injured hand, according to The Tampa Tribune.

DeJesus, who has been out with a fractured hand since mid-June, is expected to move his rehab assignment to Class A Charlotte Wednesday. He hopes to return to the Rays sometime next week.  


Ryan Hanigan, David DeJesus take batting practice Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) A pair of injured Rays were spotted by The Tampa Tribune taking batting practice at Tropicana Field Tuesday, as catcher Ryan Hanigan (oblique) and David DeJesus (hand) were able to hit prior to Tuesday's game. At this point, it is not clear if either player is on the verge of returning from the disabled list despite their return to the team.

Hanigan's oblique has been pain free for the last few days and expects to begin a rehab assignment either Wednesday or Thursday. 


David DeJesus reaches once in rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Rays outfielder David DeJesus reached base once during his first rehab game Saturday.

DeJesus saw action with the Gulf Coast League Rays. In his first game, he finished 0 for 1, with a walk. DeJesus is working his way back from a hand issue.