Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 4 weeks ago

Jennings has gone 4-for-5 over the last two games with a double and a walk.

Jennings, who dealt with a very brief illness issue last week, has been hot this spring, batting .500/.567/.538 thus far. He was expected to be bumped from the leadoff role coming into spring, but his performance could keep him in the running for it.

Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 1 month ago

Jennings was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a stomach issue, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.

Jennings is likely just dealing with a minor illness, so there's nothing to worry about for the time being. He's expected to spend most of his time in left field this season.

Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 1 month ago

Jennings is slated to primarily play left field for the Rays in 2015, the Tampa Tribune's R. Mooney reports.

This is just a bookkeeping note, as it was previously believed that Jennings would be the starting center fielder. Instead, Kevin Kiermaier will be the team's starting center fielder with Jennings spelling him on occasion. This has very little impact on Jennings' fantasy value, and he is still slated to lead off for the Rays this season, so he should be drafted in almost all formats due to his ability to contribute in home runs and steals.

Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 2 months ago

Jennings is not expected to serve as the Rays' leadoff hitter in 2015, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The report indicated manager Kevin Cash was getting Jennings off the leadoff mentality, and suggested he may hit fifth or sixth in the lineup. It comes as no surprise given Jennings' .244/.319/.378 batting line in 2014. He was better against left-handed pitching, however, batting .265/.346/.487 and hitting half of his 10 home runs in just 117 at-bats against south paws, and it's possible he will hold onto the leadoff spot against them.

Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 3 months ago

Jennings (knee) said he will head into spring training healthy after battling left knee soreness in September, the Tampa Bay Times reports. "One hundred percent, and ready to play some baseball," Jennings said. "I feel good."

Injuries limited Jennings to 123 games last season, while his home-run and stolen-base totals slipped from his 2012 and 2013 levels. Jennings is likely positioned to serve as the Rays' regular center fielder again, but it's expected that he'll drop down in the order against right-handed pitching while serving as the team's leadoff option against southpaws. The ceiling here may not be as high as previously hoped, but Jennings' combination of power and speed will continue to make him intriguing even if his career .248/.327/.401 is his baseline.

Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 3 months ago

Jennings (knee) signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract with the Rays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 28-year-old has generally failed to live up to the expectations placed on him after a splashy 2011 debut, but will still have an inside track for the leadoff job in 2015. Jennings slashed .244/.319/.378 while slugging 10 homers and stealing 15 bases last season, before knee soreness sidelined him for all of September.

Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 7 months ago

Jennings (knee) will not return to the Rays in 2014, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Although Jennings has reported feeling better of late, he hasn't improved enough to warrant a return during the season's final week. With the Rays securely out of the playoff contention, there would be little reason to rush him back anyway. Rather than travel with the team for their final six-game road trip, Jennings will remain in Tampa Bay, where he'll continue to undergo treatment with the hopes of getting fully healthy for 2015. His knee injury has kept him out of action since Aug. 29, limiting the outfielder to 123 games this year. When healthy, Jennings was able to post a .244/.319/.378 slash line, but his 15 steals represented a four-year low. He should have a starting outfield job heading into next year, but it's currently unclear how the recent ailment will affect his status in the offseason, where he'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time.

Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 7 months ago

Jennings (knee) will likely miss the remainder of the 2014 season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jennings has missed the previous nine games due to the injury, and it looks like he will miss a lot more. The team has been rolling with Kevin Kiermaier in center field, and with no playoff chase this season, there is no reason for the club to rush back their center fielder.

Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 7 months ago

Jennings (knee) missed his ninth straight game Saturday.

The Rays still have not revealed a timetable for Jennings' return, but there is no incentive for the team to push him back on the field at less than 100 percent given that they're no longer in the playoff picture.

Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 7 months ago

Jennings (bruised knee) has no timetable for a return, Roger Moooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Jennings is still experiencing pain when he runs, an obvious concern for a player whose skill set is predicated on speed. Rather than trot out Jennings in the lineup at diminished strength, the Rays will give the outfielder as much time as he needs to get back to 100 percent health, though there's no telling how long that might take. Until Jennings reports improvement, Kevin Kiermaier will man center field on a near-everyday basis.