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Desmond Jennings | Outfielder | #8

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Itawamba (MS) CC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 10 (0) / TB
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The Rays have placed Desmond Jennings on release waivers.
He'll officially become a free agent on Monday, assuming he clears waivers (which will surely happen given his $3.3 million salary). It ends a seven-year run with the Rays that included many highs and lows. There were definitely more lows with Jennings of late, as he's batted just .222/.295/.347 since the beginning of 2015 while being limited to 93 games because of injury. Some team will give him a shot, but Jennings will turn 30 in October and hasn't been a very good player for a while. Aug 28 - 12:19 PM

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays plan on releasing Desmond Jennings on Saturday.

Once considered one of the most promising young outfielders in the game, the 29-year-old has battled injuries and poor performance for much of the past three seasons. In 65 games this year, Jennings hit just .200/.281/.350 with seven homers, 20 RBI and a 58/21 K/BB ratio in 225 plate appearances. Still, he's only 29-years-old and there should be plenty of clubs willing to take a chance on him.
Aug 26 - 6:26 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) played catch and took dry swings on Tuesday.

But he still hasn't been cleared for running and Rays manager Kevin Cash couldn't put a date on when that might happen. Jennings was placed on the disabled list August 6, retroactive to August 3, with a left knee contusion. He probably won't be back until September at this rate.
Aug 16 - 6:17 PM

Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a left knee contusion.

Jennings was just activated from the disabled list on August 1 after missing time with a hamstring injury. Mikie Mahtook was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the active roster. Look for him to return in late August.
Aug 6 - 2:35 PM

Rays activated OF Desmond Jennings from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll take the roster spot left vacant by Monday's Brandon Guyer trade. Jennings wound up missing a full month with a left hamstring strain. He returns Monday to a brutal .202/.286/.352 season slash line.
Aug 1 - 3:21 PM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) was scratched from what should have been his second rehab game Wednesday due to a stiff neck.

The hope is that he can play Thursday night and remain on track to rejoin the Rays early next week. Jennings, out since July 1 with a left hamstring strain, went 1-for-4 in his rehab debut Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.
Jul 28 - 8:05 AM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

He's been working out with the Charlotte Stone Crabs since the weekend and has now been cleared to play in live games. Jennings will probably spend the rest of this week in the minor leagues. He has been out since July 1 because of a left hamstring strain.
Jul 26 - 5:54 PM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) has been doing light running with High-A Charlotte.

That's where he could begin a minor league rehab assignment in about a week. Jennings was placed on the disabled list July 4, retroactive to July 1, with a left hamstring strain. He may be ready to return the first week of August, but the 29-year-old outfielder is batting .202 this season and probably won't be a factor in fantasy leagues down the stretch.
Jul 21 - 11:53 AM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) will resume running on Saturday.

He's also scheduled to take batting practice. Jennings appears to be making good progress in his recovery from a strained left hamstring. He hasn't been a factor in fantasy leagues this year, hitting just .202 with seven homers in 193 at-bats.
Jul 16 - 3:22 PM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is scheduled to begin throwing and hitting on Thursday.

Jennings was placed on the disabled list July 4, retroactive to July 1, with a left hamstring strain. He appears on track to return right after the All-Star break.
Jul 7 - 9:35 AM

Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1, with a left hamstring strain.

Jennings initially suffered the injury last Thursday and hadn't been making much progress on the side. He should return soon after the All-Star break.
Jul 4 - 10:08 AM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

Jennings tweaked his left hamstring on Thursday and is likely to miss a few games. Nick Franklin is handling left field.
Jul 1 - 3:23 PM

Desmond Jennings left Thursday's game against the Tigers with a tight left hamstring.

Jennings doubled in his lone at-bat before exiting in the third inning. Brandon Guyer, who started the game in right field, took over for Jennings in center with Nick Franklin substituting in right. Jennings is day-to-day.
Jun 30 - 9:24 PM

Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Jaff Decker will make the start in center field instead. Taylor Motter will play right field and Corey Dickerson is in left.
Jun 25 - 11:06 AM

Desmond Jennings (quad) finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Tuesday against the Mariners.

Jennings made an early exit from Sunday's series finale against the Astros after experiencing tightness in his quad, but he said after the game that he felt fine and the 29-year-old outfielder was able to play all nine innings of Tuesday night's series opener versus Seattle. The real problem is he's batting just .185/.264/.315 this season.
Jun 15 - 8:49 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Luke Maile
2Bobby Wilson
1B1Logan Morrison
2Brad Miller
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Nick Franklin
2Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Alex Cobb
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Andriese
7Kevin Jepsen
8Danny Farquhar
9Steve Geltz