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Jerry Sands | Designated Hitter

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jerry Sands needs season-ending surgery on his left wrist.
Sands simply wasn't recovering as hoped and it turns out he needs to get cut open. The outfielder picked up just four hits in 21 at-bats for the Rays this season. Jul 11 - 4:14 PM

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Jerry Sands (wrist) ran the bases on Tuesday.

Sands is a little over two weeks removed from straining his left wrist and is finally ready to do some baseball activities. There's no timetable for him to swing a bat, which obviously will be the biggest step for him.
Jul 9 - 9:38 AM

Rays placed OF Jerry Sands on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left wrist.

Sands has picked up just four hits in 21 at-bats since his promotion earlier this month. The Rays will announce a corresponding move prior to Tuesday's contest.
Jun 23 - 10:55 PM

Jerry Sands is expected to miss at least the next two weeks because of a left wrist injury.

An exact diagnosis has not been revealed, but Sands had his left arm in a splint on Monday evening. He is 4-for-21 (.190) since his June 1 promotion to the majors and will likely land on the disabled list Tuesday.
Jun 23 - 3:58 PM

Pinch-hitter Jerry Sands delivered a two-run homer off Brian Matusz in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Rays to a 5-4 win over the Orioles on Monday.

Manager Joe Maddon originally sent up David DeJesus to hit for Sean Rodriguez in a 3-3 game. When the Orioles countered by replacing Darren O'Day with Matusz, the Rays brought in Sands and Sands hit his first big-league homer since 2011. He had four in 198 at-bats for the Dodgers that year, but he's been given just 34 major league at-bats in the three years since.
Jun 17 - 12:22 AM

Rays purchased the contract of OF Jerry Sands from Triple-A Durham.

Sands earned the call-up after batting .268/.352/.474 with nine homers over 54 games at Durham. He's in the DH spot and hitting cleanup Sunday for the Rays and should see pretty regular playing time while Wil Myers (wrist) is out. Sands is worth a look in AL-only formats.
Jun 1 - 10:44 AM

Rays coach Dave Martinez said Saturday that Jerry Sands will get a look at third base this spring in an effort to further increase his versatility.

Rays manager Joe Maddon loves players who are versatile defensively, and Sands can increase his chances of making the team with each new position he can learn. He currently has the ability to man first base or either corner outfield spot. The 26-year-old is hitting .375 (9-for-24) with three homers and six RBI in Grapefruit League play.
Mar 15 - 1:05 PM

Rays sent OF/1B Jerry Sands outright to Triple-A Durham.

Sands cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week. The 26-year-old will receive an invite to major league spring training and should be useful depth to have around.
Jan 9 - 4:36 PM

Rays designated OF/1B Jerry Sands for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Pedro Figueroa on the 40-man roster. Sands was just claimed off waivers from the Pirates before the holidays and could be on the move again soon.
Jan 7 - 1:32 PM

Rays claimed OF/1B Jerry Sands off waivers from the Pirates.

Sands, a former top prospect of the Dodgers, struggled in 2013 with the Pirates' Triple-A team and did not receive a major league at-bat. The 26-year-old is doubtful to make the Rays' Opening Day roster next spring.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 03:02:00 PM

Pirates designated OF/1B Jerry Sands for assignment.

The former highly-touted prospect spent the majority of the season toiling away at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he slashed a meager .207/.311/.329 with seven homers and 34 RBI in 106 games. There's still plenty of potential in his bat though, and it wouldn't be surprising to see another team willing to take a chance on him.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:22:00 PM

Jerry Sands has been suspended for one game for entering the stands during a confrontation with fans in a game in Toledo.

A fan was reportedly heckling and throwing peanuts at Brandon Inge, who is on a rehab assignment. Sands and Felix Pie were at least two of Inge's teammates that came to his defense, though it sounds like Sands went a little over the line. Still, it's no big deal.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Pirates optioned OF/1B Jerry Sands, INF Clint Robinson and RHPs Vic Black, Stolmy Pimentel, Hunter Strickland and Duke Welker to Triple-A Indianapolis.

No surprises in this bunch. The Pirates have a log jam at first base and their corner outfield spots right now, but we wouldn't rule out Sands making an impact at some point this season.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 09:50:00 AM

Pirates acquired OF/1B Jerry Sands, RHPs Stolmy Pimentel and Mark Melancon and INF Ivan DeJesus, Jr. from the Pirates for RHP Joel Hanrahan and INF Brock Holt.

Sands has posted some huge numbers in the Pacific Coast League, but owns a .244/.325/.376 batting line through 251 plate appearances in the majors. However, it's worth taking a flier on power potential. The Pirates already have a bit of a log jam between first base and the corner outfield spots, so it's not clear how he'll fit in.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 01:08:00 PM

ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that Jerry Sands is involved in the Joel Hanrahan trade.

Sands is the only confirmed player that's involved so far. He was acquired from the Dodgers as the player-to-be-named later in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, and has a .244/.325/.376 batting line through 251 plate appearances in the majors. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Jose Iglesias is not currently being offered by the Red Sox.
Sat, Dec 22, 2012 03:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
3Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Cole Figueroa
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Matt Moore
3Alex Cobb
4Chris Archer
5Jake Odorizzi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Brad Boxberger
5Cesar Ramos
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau