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Desmond Jennings | Outfielder | #8

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Itawamba (MS) CC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 10 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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One National League scout told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that free agent Desmond Jennings is still "worth the gamble."
Jennings has been met by crickets on the open market following another injury-plagued season in 2016. "He’s only 30 and if he’s OK physically, which I’m told he is, this could be a find for a team," said the scout. "You can probably get him on a minor league deal, get him to camp, and see what happens." Jennings offered an intriguing speed/power combo early in his career but injuries and ineffectiveness have limited him to just 93 appearances over the last two seasons. Jan 7 - 6:45 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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Mike Fiore, the agent for Desmond Jennings, told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that his client is currently "unable to play due to his knee injury."

Jennings was placed on the disabled list August 3 and officially released by the Rays on August 28, before being activated. "If the knee gets strong enough to play then I believe he will have interest from several teams," Fiore said. "So we shall see what the future holds." The 29-year-old outfielder was batting just .200/.281/.350 with seven home runs and two stolen bases in 65 games this season with the Rays. He could just wait until the winter to go searching for a new organization.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 08:54:00 AM

Rays released OF Desmond Jennings.

Jennings was placed on release waivers Sunday and is now officially a free agent. The 29-year-old outfielder batted just .200/.281/.350 with seven home runs and two stolen bases in 65 games this season with Tampa Bay, but he should be able to latch on with a new organization rather quickly because of his past success.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 09:23:00 PM

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.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 12:19:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 06:26:00 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.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 06:17:00 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.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 02:35:00 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.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 03:21:00 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.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 08:05:00 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.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 05:54:00 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.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 11:53:00 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.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 03:22:00 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.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 09:35:00 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.
Mon, Jul 4, 2016 10:08:00 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.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 03:23:00 PM

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