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Desmond Jennings | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Rays and OF Desmond Jennings avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.
He'll get an extra $25,000 if he reaches 550 plate appearances. It's a nice raise for Jennings, who was in his first season of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old hit a disappointing .244/.319/.378 last season and saw his year end prematurely due to a knee ailment. He'll be the Rays' center fielder again in 2015. Jan 16 - 9:59 AM

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Desmond Jennings (knee) is done for the season.

Jennings has been on the shelf since August 28 due to discomfort in his left knee. It's beginning to show improvement, but the Rays aren't going to rush him back for the final week. "It's gotten better, it's coming along," Jennings told reporters Sunday evening. "I was worried at first, I'm not really as worried now."
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 08:55:00 AM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Desmond Jennings (knee) is unlikely to return this season.

Jennings hasn't played since August 28 due to left knee discomfort and simply hasn't made any progress. He doesn't have any structural damage, so the outfielder should be fine with some rest and rehab and will have a relatively normal offseason. Kevin Kiermaier will hold down center field for the remainder of the season.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) said Thursday that there's no timetable on his return.

Jennings was scratched from the Rays' starting lineup last Friday due to left knee discomfort and he still feels pain when he runs. He remains hopeful of playing again this season, but fantasy owners can't count on him this month.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 04:49:00 PM

Desmond Jennings acknowledged Wednesday night that has felt no improvement in his left knee.

Jennings was scratched from the Rays' starting lineup last Friday due to knee discomfort and has remained sidelined ever since. Teams are typically more secretive with injury information in September because rosters have expanded and there is no need for disabled list stints. The Rays aren't offering many details on this.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 08:11:00 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) remains sidelined on Tuesday.

Jennings has been out since last Friday because of soreness in his left knee. An MRI was taken over the weekend and showed no structural damage, but the outfielder told reporters Tuesday that he hasn't felt much improvement. It's not clear when he might return.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 05:14:00 PM

An MRI taken Saturday on Desmond Jennings' left knee showed no major damage.

Jennings is aiming to return to the Rays' starting lineup on Sunday after sitting out Friday and Saturday. The 27-year-old outfielder has 10 homers and 15 stolen bases in 123 games this season for Tampa Bay, but he's registered a disappointing .244/.319/.378 slash line.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Desmond Jennings was a late scratch from the Rays lineup on Saturday due to left knee soreness.

It's unclear at the moment just how serious the ailment may be and how much time Jennings stands to miss. Brandon Guyer will start in his place in left field and bat leadoff for the Rays.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 07:07:00 PM

Desmond Jennings is not in Monday's lineup against the Orioles.

He's presumably getting the day off. With Desmond out, Ben Zobrist will make his first start in center field since 2010.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 04:05:00 PM

Desmond Jennings hit a pair of singles and knocked in a run against the Blue Jays on Friday.

Jennings' sixth inning single drove in his 36th run of the year. Jennings was touted by some as a potential breakout candidate this season, but he hasn't delivered to this point. On the year he's batting .239/.317/.377 with ten home runs and fifteen steals.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 10:27:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (shoulder) went 2-for-4 with a run scored in his return to action Friday against the Yankees.

Jennings missed back-to-back games with a sore shoulder, but he should be good to go moving forward. The 27-year-old outfielder is batting .244/.324/.385 with 10 homers and 15 steals through 112 games this season.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 10:17:00 PM

Desmond Jennings is back in the Rays' lineup Friday.

Jennings missed back-to-back starts with a sore shoulder but is ready to give it a go. The speedy outfielder is sporting a .241/.323/.384 batting line with 10 homers, 35 RBI and 14 steals this season.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 03:53:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (shoulder) is out of the Rays' starting lineup again Thursday.

Jennings has now missed back-to-back starts with a sore shoulder. The good news is that he is available to pinch-hit Thursday, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup on Wednesday due to a sore shoulder.

Jennings hurt the shoulder running into the outfield wall in Tuesday's game. Rays manager Joe Maddon said Jennings could be an option off the bench in Wednesday's game and should be back in the lineup Thursday, suggesting it's only a minor ache for the 27-year-old.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 06:50:00 PM

Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in a loss to the Cubs on Sunday.

Jennings hit a run-scoring double in the seventh inning to give the Rays a late lead, but they couldn't hold on for the victory. The outfielder has been better since the calendar turned to August, as he's 9-for-30 with six RBI and four runs scored in his last seven games. Jennings is hitting .243/.326/.385 overall.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 08:40:00 PM

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2B1Nick Franklin
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SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1Evan Longoria
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