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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jennings' sore left knee has shown little improvement over the past week, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jennings (knee) has now been out of the Rays' lineup for six consecutive games and, according to Manager Joe Maddon, will not return to action before the injury shows improvement. With extra outfielders available due to roster expansion this month, the Tampa Bay skipper also expressed that the team can obviously afford to be more cautious.

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Jennings (knee) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jennings was scratched from the lineup Friday with left knee soreness, and missed Saturday and Sunday because of the injury. That is the case again Monday, and with the rosters having expanded, the team will likely take its time in the return of Jennings with nothing left to play for.

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Jennings (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The bruised knee will cost Jennings his third straight game, but it's not believed a long-term absence is in store for the outfielder. He'll be replaced in center field and the leadoff spot by Kevin Kiermaier.