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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
Contract: view contract details

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggests the Rays could look to trade Desmond Jennings or Brandon Guyer.
The Rays have a logjam in the outfield now that Corey Dickerson has been added to the mix. Jennings' stock is at an all-time low after an injury-plagued 2015 season and the Rays would probably be better off letting him rebuild his value instead of trading him now for pennies on the dollar. Dickerson is known to be a defensive liability and could spend a fair amount of time at DH this season. That would alleviate some of the playing time concerns that exist in Tampa Bay's crowded outfield. Jan 30 - 10:46 PM

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Rays and OF Desmond Jennings avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract.

Jennings had a weird year in 2015, limited to just 28 games due to a serious left knee injury and a tooth infection that required oral surgery. He could be a sneaky bounce-back player heading into the 2016 season as a result.
Jan 14 - 8:54 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) admitted Friday that he's likely done for the season.

In addition to the nagging left knee injury, Jennings has also had a tooth infection that required oral surgery. If his season is indeed over it concludes a disappointing campaign, as Jennings was limited to just 28 games due to injury and batted only .268/.324/.340 with one homer.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) ran the bases on Friday.

Jennings aggravated his left knee injury late last month, but he's made nice progress of late. It's possible he could return early next week for the series against the Yankees.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 03:34:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) has increased the intensity of his workouts.

Jennings went back on the disabled list a couple weeks ago after aggravating his surgically-repaired left knee. He hasn't given up hope at a return late in the season, but it's probably still unlikely at this point.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:13:00 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) has yet to resume running on the field.

Jennings went back on the disabled list on August 27 after aggravating his surgically-repaired left knee. He's made some progress since then and maintains hope of returning before the end of the season, but it's still up in the air as to when it might happen.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 12:52:00 PM

Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee bruise.

Jennings banged his surgically-repaired knee on a slide into second base over the weekend and hasn't felt right since. We might not see him again this season. Jennings, 28, will be arbitration eligible for the second time this winter after earning $3.1 million in 2015. He has appeared in only 28 games.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 03:29:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) could be headed back to the disabled list.

Jennings banged his surgically-repaired left knee on a slide into second base over the weekend and aggravated it again Tuesday while running the bases. He has already missed 3 1/2 months this season to left knee troubles. The 28-year-old outfielder is shaping up to be a massive disappointment in 2015 and will be an interesting arbitration case heading into 2016.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 08:49:00 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) is not in the Rays' lineup Wednesday.

Jennings tweaked his surgically-repaired left knee over the weekend and had to leave Tuesday game after it swelled up on him. It's not viewed as a major setback. Grady Sizemore is in left field and Daniel Nava is in right for the Rays Wednesday.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 03:57:00 PM

Desmond Jennings left Tuesday's game against the Twins with a bruised left knee.

How Jennings was hurt wasn't obvious, but the fact that it's the same knee that caused him to miss nearly four months of action this season is obviously concerning. The Rays should have more on his status after the game.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 09:46:00 PM

Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the year Friday as the Rays beat the A's 2-1.

Jennings is 10-for-28 since coming off the disabled list a week ago. Still, he probably won't be anything more than a fringy mixed-league outfielder the rest of the way unless he resumes stealing bases, something that seems unlikely after he missed all that time following knee surgery.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 01:24:00 AM

Desmond Jennings went 1-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and a strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Jennings tripled to lead off the second inning of Sunday's contest with the Rangers and trotted home on a subsequent Kevin Kiermaier double. He has now recorded a hit in all three games since being activated from the disabled list on August 14, going 5-for-10. Given that he missed so much time due to a knee injury, it's a great sign that he's feeling confident enough to push for the three-bagger, as was the case on Sunday.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 06:47:00 PM

Making his return from the disabled list, Desmond Jennings went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers.

A left knee injury had kept Jennings on the shelf since late April. In Friday's return, he looked good-as-new. He notched an RBI single in the second inning and would single two more times to finish 3-for-4. It's difficult to know how he'll come back after missing such a large chunk of time, but he's worth a flier in AL-only formats if an owner dropped him after the early season injury blues.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 01:55:00 AM

Rays activated OF Desmond Jennings from the 60-day disabled list.

Jennings is finally ready to return to action after being sidelined since late April due to a left knee injury. He's in left field and batting sixth for the Rays on Friday.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 03:34:00 PM

The Rays will activate Desmond Jennings (knee) from the 60-day disabled list on Friday.

Jennings has been playing in rehab games since the beginning of August, and he's finally ready to be reinstated. He's been sidelined since early June after arthroscopic surgery on the knee.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 10:42:00 PM

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C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
3Rene Rivera
4Luke Maile
1B1James Loney
2Steve Pearce
3Kyle Roller
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
2Richie Shaffer
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Desmond Jennings
3Jaff Decker
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Taylor Motter
DH1Logan Morrison
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2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
8Jacob Faria
9Taylor Guerrieri
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2Alex Colome
3Danny Farquhar
4Xavier Cedeno
5Steve Geltz
6Enny Romero
7Matt Andriese
8Andrew Bellatti
9Dana Eveland
10Jhan Marinez
11Tyler Sturdevant
12Neil Wagner
13Jonny Venters
14Justin Marks