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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 said Thursday that his surgically-repaired left knee is pain-free for the first time since late April.
Jennings finally had arthroscopic surgery last month after he was unable to get over the hump with his knee ailment. He's hoping to return sometime in August. "It's a good feeling," Jennings said. "I'm anxious to start playing some baseball." Jul 3 - 11:28 AM

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Rays transferred OF Desmond Jennings from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Grady Sizemore. Jennings is out until mid-August following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee earlier this month.
Jun 28 - 10:18 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) is expected to miss eight weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.

Jennings had surgery to clean up inflammation in the plica band that surrounds his left knee cap on Wednesday. The team's timetable puts him back sometime around the middle of August.
Jun 10 - 10:38 PM

Desmond Jennings underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his left knee.

The procedure cleaned up inflammation in the plica band that surrounds Jennings' left knee cap. It was a relatively minor surgery, but it will further delay Jennings' return to the Rays' active roster. He has been on the disabled list since late April with lingering left knee troubles and remains out indefinitely.
Jun 10 - 5:08 PM

Desmond Jennings will have his knee scoped Wednesday.

That's obviously going to further delay his return to the Rays' active roster, though it should give the club a better idea of what exactly he's dealing with. Jennings has been sidelined since late April because of what's been called left knee bursitis. He has played in just 18 games this season for Tampa Bay.
Jun 9 - 4:14 PM

Desmond Jennings is scheduled to visit a knee specialist at the Steadman clinic in Colorado.

It's unclear if Jennings suffered a setback in his recovery, or if the team just wants another opinion on why he's progressing so slowly. Either way, it doesn't sound like good news for the Rays' outfielder.
Jun 4 - 8:20 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) had a few at-bats in an extended spring training game Monday.

It's his first game action since he landed on the disabled list in late April with left knee bursitis. The bad news is that Rays manager Kevin Cash said Jennings "still felt something" in his knee during the game. It's unclear whether he'll continue to keep playing in extended spring or if the Rays will pump the breaks a bit. Jennings has been out since late April.
Jun 1 - 8:17 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that Desmond Jennings (knee) is "getting closer" to full baseball activities.

Jennings has been running since mid-May and he played catch and took swings on Tuesday, but he hasn't gone full-bore yet with any of those activities. There's no timetable for his to return to the Rays. Jennings has been out since April 26 with left knee bursitis.
May 26 - 4:23 PM

Desmond Jennings ran Sunday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with left knee bursitis.

Jennings did his running on a strip of grass outside Tropicana Field rather than test his injured knee on the turf inside. The 28-year-old outfielder is already eligible to return from the disabled list -- his stint was backdated to April 26 -- but he's obviously not ready quite yet. It'll be another week or so.
May 11 - 9:17 AM

Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with left knee bursitis.

The club had been hoping Jennings could return to action over the weekend, but he simply hasn't progressed as hoped. The backdated DL move means he'll be eligible to return on May 11, although it's not a given that he'll be ready at that time. Brandon Guyer will continue to see extra playing time while Jennings is out, and Joey Butler could also get a shot.
May 3 - 10:24 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Saturday that Desmond Jennings (knee) is likely to be placed on the disabled list.

Jennings had been set to return to the lineup Saturday after missing five games with a sore left knee, but Cash decided to scratch him because he didn't like the way the outfielder looked while running pre-game. "It’s just not progressing the way we want it," Cash said. The Rays can backdate a DL move to April 26, so Jennings would be eligible to return on May 11.
May 3 - 8:39 AM

Desmond Jennings was scratched Saturday because of left knee soreness.

Jennings was originally in the starting lineup but was scratched just before the first pitch. The 28-year-old hasn't suited up for the Rays since April 25. Even before the injury, Jennings wasn't contributing much, hitting .222 with only two RBI. Tim Beckham will DH and bat sixth.
May 2 - 7:24 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) will return to the Rays' lineup on Saturday.

The outfielder hasn't played since Saturday due to a sore left knee, but he was examined on Thursday and has apparently made progress. The plan is for Jennings to play the outfield on Saturday and then receive some off days and days in the designated hitter spot after that in hopes that the knee soreness will dissipate.
May 1 - 5:23 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) remained out of the Rays' lineup Friday.

Jennings had his ailing left knee examined on Thursday. The results of the exam are not yet known, but obviously he's still not feeling well enough to return to action. Brandon Guyer continues to fill in in the meantime.
May 1 - 3:34 PM

Desmond Jennings had his ailing left knee examined by Dr. Koco Eaton on Thursday.

It's not clear what the findings from the exam were, but the Rays were hopeful that he could be cleared to return to the lineup this weekend. If he doesn't receive clearance, the club could consider placing Jennings on the disabled list. The outfielder hasn't played since Saturday.
May 1 - 10:43 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Grady Sizemore
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Alex Colome
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Andrew Bellatti
9C.J. Riefenhauser