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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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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. Jul 21 - 11:53 AM

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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.
Jul 16 - 3:22 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.
Jul 7 - 9:35 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.
Jul 4 - 10:08 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.
Jul 1 - 3:23 PM

Desmond Jennings left Thursday's game against the Tigers with a tight left hamstring.

Jennings doubled in his lone at-bat before exiting in the third inning. Brandon Guyer, who started the game in right field, took over for Jennings in center with Nick Franklin substituting in right. Jennings is day-to-day.
Jun 30 - 9:24 PM

Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Jaff Decker will make the start in center field instead. Taylor Motter will play right field and Corey Dickerson is in left.
Jun 25 - 11:06 AM

Desmond Jennings (quad) finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Tuesday against the Mariners.

Jennings made an early exit from Sunday's series finale against the Astros after experiencing tightness in his quad, but he said after the game that he felt fine and the 29-year-old outfielder was able to play all nine innings of Tuesday night's series opener versus Seattle. The real problem is he's batting just .185/.264/.315 this season.
Jun 15 - 8:49 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Desmond Jennings' left quad tightness is nothing serious.

Jennings was pulled after the fifth inning Sunday with some mild discomfort in his left leg. "It just made the most sense," Cash said. "The game had somewhat separated, 5-0 there, let's get him out, because of the way he's swinging the bat, the way he's playing, we just want him to feel real good so he can get back out there real quick." Call the outfielder day-to-day for now.
Jun 13 - 9:29 AM

Desmond Jennings exited Sunday's game versus the Astros with left quad tightness.

It's unclear at this point whether it might be something that could keep him out a while. The Rays should have more on Jennings' status after the game.
Jun 12 - 3:57 PM

Desmond Jennings went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and a walk to lead the Rays to a 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Jennings badly needed this. Even after the big game, he's still batting just .189 with a .572 OPS this season, and if the Rays hadn't lost Kevin Kiermaier to injury, one wonders if he might have been let go by the team. With Brandon Guyer also down, there's plenty of playing time available for Jennings. Here's a step towards seizing the opportunity.
Jun 7 - 2:17 AM

Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 on Monday against the Royals, dropping his batting average to .168 on the year.

The Rays were forced to turn to Jennings as their primary center fielder after Kevin Kiermaier broke his hand, but so far the returns have been brutal. Jennings’ .168/.237/.269 slash line has cemented him as one of the league’s worst players this year. The 29-year-old has a .713 career OPS, so there is a good chance he will bounce back at least a little bit, but his fantasy appeal is limited right now.
May 30 - 11:58 PM

Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays starting lineup on Saturday.

He'll take a seat in favor of Brandon Guyer who is back in left field and leading off on Saturday. Jennings has been in a funk at the plate all season, hitting a paltry .190/.268/.310 with three homers, 10 RBI and a 27/9 K/BB ratio over 112 plate appearances.
May 21 - 11:40 AM

Desmond Jennings went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his second in as many games, against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Jennings served up the latter half of the Rays' back-to-back jacks off R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning, crushing a hanging knuckleball over the left-field fence. It's his second homer in as many nights, and prior to that point, he had only two homers since the end of 2014. Jennings still languishes below the Mendoza Line, hitting .188/.269/.313 with 10 RBI and two stolen bases.
May 18 - 10:52 PM

Desmond Jennings went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's blowout victory over the Blue Jays.

Jennings entered the night with just one hit this month and a .161 average, so it was a much-needed big showing, to say the least. The outfielder's solo blast off of Jesse Chavez in the ninth inning provided an exclamation point to a night where the Rays pounded out 17 hits -- including four home runs -- and 13 runs. Jennings is going to have to continue to fight for playing time in the Rays' crowded outfield.
May 16 - 11:11 PM

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C1Curt Casali
2Luke Maile
1B1Steve Pearce
2Logan Morrison
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Brandon Guyer
2Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Corey Dickerson
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S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Matt Moore
5Blake Snell
6Matt Andriese
7Alex Cobb
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Andriese
7Kevin Jepsen
8Dylan Floro