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Desmond Jennings | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Reds.
It's simply a day of rest for Jennings. Kevin Kiermaier will make his first career start in center field and hit sixth for the Rays. Apr 12 - 10:14 AM

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Desmond Jennings finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

Jennings opened the game's scoring with a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning and plated Brandon Guyer on a double in the top of the ninth. He boasts an .871 OPS through 10 games played this season.
Apr 9 - 5:17 PM

Desmond Jennings went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and a stolen base against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Jennings has been solid in the first two games of the regular season, logging four hits, including two doubles, in seven at-bats. Last season, he had 30-plus doubles, nearly 15 home runs, and 20 stolen bases. If he can reprise the performance, he'll be a valuable fantasy option.
Apr 1 - 11:01 PM

Desmond Jennings went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Jennings looks noticeably stronger after adding weight over the winter, yet it hasn't stopped him from swiping three bases this spring. He could be a really nice fantasy outfielder, especially if Joe Maddon chooses to hit him at or near the top of the order consistently. He might frequently bat sixth or seventh, though.
Mar 23 - 5:41 PM

Desmond Jennings put on 10-15 pounds of muscle over the offseason.

"I get here every spring and I probably lose at least 10 pounds, so I feel I'll be around what I want to play with once the season starts," Jennings said. Rays manager Joe Maddon has discussed using Jennings in the leadoff spot, but he's open to hitting him lower in the order "if he's gotten that big, which I've heard from other people, we'll see," Maddon said. Jennings hit .252/.334/.414 with 14 homers and 20 steals last season.
Feb 17 - 9:22 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon indicated Friday that there's a good chance Desmond Jennings could return to the top of the Rays lineup in 2014.

The 27-year-old outfielder finished the season alternating between the leadoff spot and the bottom third of the Rays lineup. While he's proven to be a bit injury-prone, he still possesses a dazzling combination of power and speed, and his overall value would only increase with the outlook for more at-bats atop the Rays order.
Feb 14 - 11:49 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said that Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is likely to be removed from Friday's game in the later innings.

Jennings didn't play a full nine innings in the tiebreaker and Wild Card games, either, as his troublesome left hamstring still isn't 100 percent. The outfielder does have three hits in six at-bats in those two contests, though.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 01:37:00 PM

Desmond Jennings went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the Rays' win over the Indians on Wednesday.

Delmon Young hit a solo home run to open the scoring, but it was Jennings' double off Indians starter Danny Salazar that really gave the Rays a hold on the game. Jennings later singled before being replaced by pinch-runner Sam Fuld. He was the only Rays batter with multiple hits in the game.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 11:51:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is starting in center field in Wednesday night's AL Wild Card Game.

Jennings had no issues with his troublesome left hamstring during Monday's tiebreaker game with the Rangers and will bat sixth on Wednesday vs. the Tribe. The full Tampa Bay lineup: David DeJesus LF, Wil Myers RF, James Loney 1B, Evan Longoria 3B, Ben Zobrist 2B, Desmond Jennings CF, Delmon Young DH, Yunel Escobar SS, Jose Molina C. Alex Cobb will be on the mound for the Rays.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 04:38:00 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said that Desmond Jennings (hamstring) came out of Monday's tiebreaker game fine and will be on the team's Wild Card game roster.

Jennings went 1-for-3 with a walk and got thrown out by plenty in the first inning when he tried to stretch a single to a double. He was removed late in the game for defensive purposes. "Desmond is doing really well," Maddon said on Tuesday. "You saw him play last night. The first ball down the line, I don't even know if under normal circumstances it would've been closer, but Gentry made a nice play on it. Overall, I'd say he's about 85 percent. He swung the bat really well last night so he should be fine for tomorrow night."
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 09:05:00 PM

Desmond Jennings admitted that he's playing in Monday's tiebreaker game even though his left hamstring isn't 100 percent.

"It feels good enough for me to play," Jennings said. "I'm not going to limit myself." The outfielder is certainly at risk of making the injury worse, but he's willing to gamble in Game 163. It's Jennings' first start in over a week.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 06:11:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is in the starting lineup for Monday's tiebreaker against the Rangers.

Jennings hasn't played since last Sunday due to a left hamstring strain, but he'll bat leadoff and play center field for Game 163. He'll be followed in the lineup by Wil Myers, Ben Zobrist, Evan Longoria, Delmon Young, Sean Rodriguez, James Loney 1B, Yunel Escobar, and Jose Molina. David Price is on the hill for Tampa Bay.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 04:55:00 PM

Desmond Jennings is working out in center field Monday to see how his hamstring responds.

Jennings had been limited to light running previously, but he's going to attempt to ramp things up. Still, the expectation is that he'll only be able in a pinch-hitting capacity for Monday's tiebreaker game against the Rangers.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 04:49:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) will only be able to pinch-hit in Monday's tiebreaker with the Rangers.

Jennings suffered a strained left hamstring over a week ago and still can't run enough to play the field. It's a frustrating situation for the Rays, though they have a solid backup center fielder in David DeJesus. Jennings should be feeling better by Wednesday's American League Wild Card Game if the Rays are able to advance.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 09:02:00 AM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) said Sunday that he's still not able to play the outfield.

Jennings hasn't started a game in a week due to a strained left hamstring. He's able to pinch-hit, but whether he'll be ready to play the outfield in a tiebreaker or Wild Card game is up in the air. David DeJesus is in center field Sunday.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 11:53:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Matt Moore
3Alex Cobb
4Chris Archer
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Jake Odorizzi
7Cesar Ramos
8Erik Bedard
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Grant Balfour
2Heath Bell
3Joel Peralta
4Jake McGee
5Brandon Gomes
6Josh Lueke
7Juan Carlos Oviedo
8Jeff Beliveau
9Brad Boxberger