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Monday, September 8, 2014

Rays Injury Update: Desmond Jennings not expected to return this season

By on 9/08/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped to six games below .500 at 69-75 following a 7-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. James Loney went 4-for-6 in the loss and Joel Peralta and Cesar Ramos gave up a combined five runs in three innings in relief to blow the lead. The Rays continue to play without Desmond Jennings, who is now likely done for the season with a lingering knee injury.

I reported on September 6 that Jennings didn't look like he was close to returning to center field. He had been day to day since he was first scratched from the lineup over a week ago

An update on Jennings, as reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, is that his left knee will likely keep him out from the remainder of the season, according to manager Joe Maddon.

Jennings has missed ten straight games with a sore knee, which he injured when he fouled a ball off it before the All-Star break.

Maddon admits that he didn't expect Jennings to miss so much time.
"I didn't anticipate it to linger this long. So it's a bit surprising. But I never question any of that. It is what it is, and so you just have to react to it."
With Jennings out, expect Kevin Kiermaier to see most of the action in center field, with Ben Zobrist playing against some left-handers.

Jennings, in his fifth Major League season, is batting .244 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI this season.  He had a career-high 14 home runs and 54 RBI last season. Desmond is a career .248 hitter with 47 home runs and 164 RBI.

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