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Desmond Jennings | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that Desmond Jennings (knee) is "getting closer" to full baseball activities.
Jennings has been running since mid-May and he played catch and took swings on Tuesday, but he hasn't gone full-bore yet with any of those activities. There's no timetable for his to return to the Rays. Jennings has been out since April 26 with left knee bursitis. May 26 - 4:23 PM

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Desmond Jennings ran Sunday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with left knee bursitis.

Jennings did his running on a strip of grass outside Tropicana Field rather than test his injured knee on the turf inside. The 28-year-old outfielder is already eligible to return from the disabled list -- his stint was backdated to April 26 -- but he's obviously not ready quite yet. It'll be another week or so.
May 11 - 9:17 AM

Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with left knee bursitis.

The club had been hoping Jennings could return to action over the weekend, but he simply hasn't progressed as hoped. The backdated DL move means he'll be eligible to return on May 11, although it's not a given that he'll be ready at that time. Brandon Guyer will continue to see extra playing time while Jennings is out, and Joey Butler could also get a shot.
May 3 - 10:24 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Saturday that Desmond Jennings (knee) is likely to be placed on the disabled list.

Jennings had been set to return to the lineup Saturday after missing five games with a sore left knee, but Cash decided to scratch him because he didn't like the way the outfielder looked while running pre-game. "It’s just not progressing the way we want it," Cash said. The Rays can backdate a DL move to April 26, so Jennings would be eligible to return on May 11.
May 3 - 8:39 AM

Desmond Jennings was scratched Saturday because of left knee soreness.

Jennings was originally in the starting lineup but was scratched just before the first pitch. The 28-year-old hasn't suited up for the Rays since April 25. Even before the injury, Jennings wasn't contributing much, hitting .222 with only two RBI. Tim Beckham will DH and bat sixth.
May 2 - 7:24 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) will return to the Rays' lineup on Saturday.

The outfielder hasn't played since Saturday due to a sore left knee, but he was examined on Thursday and has apparently made progress. The plan is for Jennings to play the outfield on Saturday and then receive some off days and days in the designated hitter spot after that in hopes that the knee soreness will dissipate.
May 1 - 5:23 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) remained out of the Rays' lineup Friday.

Jennings had his ailing left knee examined on Thursday. The results of the exam are not yet known, but obviously he's still not feeling well enough to return to action. Brandon Guyer continues to fill in in the meantime.
May 1 - 3:34 PM

Desmond Jennings had his ailing left knee examined by Dr. Koco Eaton on Thursday.

It's not clear what the findings from the exam were, but the Rays were hopeful that he could be cleared to return to the lineup this weekend. If he doesn't receive clearance, the club could consider placing Jennings on the disabled list. The outfielder hasn't played since Saturday.
May 1 - 10:43 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) might not return to the Rays' starting lineup until next week.

Jennings was held out of a fourth straight game Wednesday with a lingering left knee injury and the Rays probably aren't going to want to test the injury on the turf at Tropicana Field. Their weekend series against the Orioles was originally slated to be played on the natural surface at Camden Yards, but it got moved to Tampa Bay due the unrest in downtown Baltimore. Jennings should avoid the disabled list, but it sounds like he's going to wind up missing a full week of games.
Apr 30 - 9:00 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) remained out of the Rays' lineup Wednesday.

He's now missed four straight starts after injuring his left knee on Saturday. There's been no indication to this point that the Rays might be mulling a disabled list move with Jennings, so he should still be considered day-to-day. The club is again going with Brandon Guyer in left field and Kevin Kiermaier in center.
Apr 29 - 10:25 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) is out of the Rays' starting lineup again Tuesday vs. the Yankees.

Jennings tweaked his left knee on Saturday and will now miss his third straight start. He's not expected to go on the disabled list, so continue to consider him day-to-day for now. David DeJesus, Kevin Kiermaier, and Steven Souza will start in the outfield Tuesday while Tim Beckham will serve as the designated hitter.

Desmond Jennings (knee) is out of the Rays' starting lineup again on Monday.

Jennings tweaked his left knee on Saturday night and has now missed two straight games, but it's not thought to be serious. It's possible he could be available off the bench Monday. Brandon Guyer is in left field for the Rays Monday versus Yankees righty Adam Warren.
Apr 27 - 3:50 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Jennings tweaked his left knee during Saturday's game. It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but it's also unclear when he might be ready to return to the lineup. The Rays are going with Brandon Guyer in left field, Kevin Kiermaier in center and Steve Souza in right on Sunday.
Apr 26 - 10:13 AM

Desmond Jennings left Saturday's game with left knee soreness.

Kevin Kiermaier took over for Jennings in center field to begin the eighth inning. Jennings went 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts before exiting. He's day-to-day.
Apr 25 - 9:06 PM

Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Jennings was far from the only one scuffling in the contest, as the Rays as a team collected just three hits. He's off to a slow start in 2015 and is currently hitting just .195/.306/.195. In 41 at-bats, he has just eight hits, none for extra bases. Jennings isn't as bad a hitter as the early season numbers say, but the once-heralded prospect has yet to put together the kind of power-speed season that scouts envisioned for him. To this point, his season-best for home runs was 14 in 2013 and his season best for steals was 31 in 2012. His steal totals have dropped each of the last three seasons.
Apr 18 - 11:32 PM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Nate Karns
4Alex Colome
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Moore
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Ernesto Frieri
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7C.J. Riefenhauser
8Brandon Gomes
9Xavier Cedeno
10Kirby Yates