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Desmond Jennings | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Desmond Jennings doubled, singled and walked in his three plate appearances Sunday against the Blue Jays.
The rest of the Rays combined to go 1-for-20 with no walks and 10 strikeouts today, so Jennings' showing really stands out. He was hitting third today, though that's been Asdrubal Cabrera's spot all spring. Most likely, Jennings will open the season batting sixth. However, he'd seem to us to be a better option to bat third than than Cabrera. At least he's had .334 and .319 OBPs the last two years, compared to .299 and .307 for Asdrubal. Mar 22 - 3:46 PM

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Desmond Jennings returned to action on Wednesday and went 2-for-2 against the Blue Jays.

Jennings was scratched Tuesday because of a flu-like symptoms. He's 9-for-16 with a couple of steals this spring.
Mar 18 - 4:51 PM

Desmond Jennings was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to a stomach issue.

He should be good to go in the next day or so. Jennings dealt with a knee injury for part of last season before finishing with a disappointing .244/.319/.378 batting line to go along with 10 home runs, 36 RBI, and 15 stolen bases over 123 games.
Mar 17 - 10:48 AM

Desmond Jennings went 2-for-2 with a steal against the Yankees on Monday.

Jennings played in left field today, as the Rays have been shifting their outfielders around, trying to figure out the best alignment. Jennings, Steven Souza and Kevin Kiermaier are all capable in center, as is future callup Mikie Mahtook.
Mar 9 - 4:43 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Wednesday that he could hit Desmond Jennings fifth or sixth this season.

Cash said this in the context of wanting to get Jennings "out of the leadoff mentality." The 28-year-old owns a .695 OPS against right-handed pitching in his career compared to an .811 OPS against southpaws, so it has been clear for a while now that he might not be the best option for the leadoff spot. Being pushed down in the lineup hurts his fantasy potential, but he could be in a position to drive in more runs.
Feb 25 - 11:51 AM

The Rays have talked about Desmond Jennings splitting time between center field and left field.

Kevin Kiermaier impressed with his defense in center field in a small sample last year and the Rays would like to give him more opportunities. Jennings is said to be fine with the planned arrangement.
Feb 24 - 9:44 AM

Desmond Jennings says his left knee is back to 100 percent.

Jennings initially injured the knee before the All-Star break last season, but continued to play through it before sitting out the final month of the season. However, some extended rest appeared to do the trick. "One hundred percent, and ready to play some baseball," said Jennings. "I feel good." Jennings, 28, batted just .244/.319/.378 with 10 home runs, 36 RBI, and 15 stolen bases across 123 games last season. It's fair to expect a bit of a rebound with improved health, but he has struggled to meet expectations so far in the big leagues.
Feb 3 - 11:48 AM

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

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

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C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Alexi Casilla
4Ryan Brett
5Eugenio Velez
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
2Juan Francisco
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Corey Brown
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Joey Butler
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
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3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
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7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
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2Brad Boxberger
3Grant Balfour
4Ernesto Frieri
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Kirby Yates
8Ronald Belisario
9Steve Geltz
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11Everett Teaford
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13C.J. Riefenhauser
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