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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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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

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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

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Desmond Jennings' left quad tightness is nothing serious.

Jennings was pulled after the fifth inning Sunday with some mild discomfort in his left leg. "It just made the most sense," Cash said. "The game had somewhat separated, 5-0 there, let's get him out, because of the way he's swinging the bat, the way he's playing, we just want him to feel real good so he can get back out there real quick." Call the outfielder day-to-day for now.
Jun 13 - 9:29 AM

Desmond Jennings exited Sunday's game versus the Astros with left quad tightness.

It's unclear at this point whether it might be something that could keep him out a while. The Rays should have more on Jennings' status after the game.
Jun 12 - 3:57 PM

Desmond Jennings went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and a walk to lead the Rays to a 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Jennings badly needed this. Even after the big game, he's still batting just .189 with a .572 OPS this season, and if the Rays hadn't lost Kevin Kiermaier to injury, one wonders if he might have been let go by the team. With Brandon Guyer also down, there's plenty of playing time available for Jennings. Here's a step towards seizing the opportunity.
Jun 7 - 2:17 AM

Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 on Monday against the Royals, dropping his batting average to .168 on the year.

The Rays were forced to turn to Jennings as their primary center fielder after Kevin Kiermaier broke his hand, but so far the returns have been brutal. Jennings’ .168/.237/.269 slash line has cemented him as one of the league’s worst players this year. The 29-year-old has a .713 career OPS, so there is a good chance he will bounce back at least a little bit, but his fantasy appeal is limited right now.
May 30 - 11:58 PM

Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays starting lineup on Saturday.

He'll take a seat in favor of Brandon Guyer who is back in left field and leading off on Saturday. Jennings has been in a funk at the plate all season, hitting a paltry .190/.268/.310 with three homers, 10 RBI and a 27/9 K/BB ratio over 112 plate appearances.
May 21 - 11:40 AM

Desmond Jennings went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his second in as many games, against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Jennings served up the latter half of the Rays' back-to-back jacks off R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning, crushing a hanging knuckleball over the left-field fence. It's his second homer in as many nights, and prior to that point, he had only two homers since the end of 2014. Jennings still languishes below the Mendoza Line, hitting .188/.269/.313 with 10 RBI and two stolen bases.
May 18 - 10:52 PM

Desmond Jennings went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's blowout victory over the Blue Jays.

Jennings entered the night with just one hit this month and a .161 average, so it was a much-needed big showing, to say the least. The outfielder's solo blast off of Jesse Chavez in the ninth inning provided an exclamation point to a night where the Rays pounded out 17 hits -- including four home runs -- and 13 runs. Jennings is going to have to continue to fight for playing time in the Rays' crowded outfield.
May 16 - 11:11 PM

Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Jennings is batting only .161/.253/.218 and has been seeing less and less playing time. The Rays have Corey Dickerson in left field, Bradon Guyer in right and Steven Souza in the designated hitter spot.
May 15 - 10:17 AM

Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

It's the second time in the last three games that he's been benched in favor of Brandon Guyer. Jennings is hitting .081/.167/.135 over his last 10 games.
May 1 - 10:14 AM

Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

Jennings is hitless in his last 16 at-bats, so he'll get a breather to regroup. Brandon Guyer is in left field.
Apr 29 - 3:37 PM

Desmond Jennings extended his hitless streak to four games, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Wednesday against the Orioles.

Jennings suffered through an injury-plagued season in 2015, so it's understandable that he'd have some rust to shake off. Still, a .194/.267/.269 slash line in 75 plate appearances will be tough to justify in the everyday lineup once May or June rolls around.
Apr 27 - 10:22 PM

Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup on Sunday.

It's just a day off. Corey Dickerson is in left field for the Rays, while Logan Forsythe is in the designated hitter spot, Steve Pearce is at second base and Logan Morrison is at first.
Apr 24 - 10:01 AM

Desmond Jennings went 2-for-3 with a home run as the Rays bested the White Sox 7-2 on Saturday.

Jennings hit one of the Rays' three dingers on the afternoon. The homer was his first of the year, but Jennings has hits in eight of his first 10 games after an injury-riddled 2015 season. The outfielder is batting .294/.351/.382 with the homer, four runs scored and a stolen base to date.
Apr 16 - 10:01 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Steve Pearce
2Logan Morrison
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Taylor Motter
3Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Brandon Guyer
2Desmond Jennings
3Jaff Decker
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Matt Moore
5Blake Snell
6Matt Andriese
7Alex Cobb
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Tyler Sturdevant
7Erasmo Ramirez
8Ryan Garton
9Danny Farquhar