It was a very disappointing April for Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings, who hit .222/.306/.238 in 18 games. And now his May is off to a rough start too.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Jennings was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with bursitis in his left knee. The injury had kept him out for six straight games. He was originally penciled into the Tampa Bay starting lineup on Saturday night but didn’t look right in pregame warmups and had to be scratched.
“It’s not the Dez we want to see,” manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s just not progressing the way we want it.”
Joey Butler has been called up from Triple-A Durham to give the Rays outfield depth.
The hope is that Jennings will be ready for activation as soon as he’s eligible.
If you didn’t see this Jake Marisnick catch on Saturday, watch it now. Or if you did, watch it again …
Marisnick has also been getting it done at the plate for the Astros, who are on a nine-game winning streak and have opened a six-game lead over the Angels in the American League West standings.
First it was the Giants beating the Angels when Kole Calhoun’s hard grounder to the right side of the infield struck Taylor Featherston. A few hours later, the Dodgers won in similar fashion …
A game hadn’t ended like that since 2010. And then it happens twice in one day. Baseball, man.
For the second consecutive day, the Cardinals took down the visiting Pirates on an extra-inning walkoff.
On Friday night, it was Matt Adams stroking an opposite-field single that scored Jon Jay in the bottom of the 10th inning to secure a 2-1 victory. And then on Saturday, third baseman Matt Carpenter lifted a sacrifice fly to deep left field that easily plated Pete Kozma in the bottom of the 11th to notch another 2-1 win. Pirates left fielder Starling Marte didn’t even bother trying to throw Kozma out.
Carpenter is batting .366/.434/.634 with 15 RBI and 21 runs scored in 23 games for the Cardinals, who have won five straight and boast the best record in baseball at 17-6. They’ll go for a sweep of the division-rival Pirates on Sunday afternoon behind 23-year-old starter Michael Wacha. Who needs Adam Wainwright?
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
White Sox 3, Twins 5
Pirates 1, Cardinals 2 (11 innings)
Brewers 6, Cubs 1
Angels 4, Giants 5
Blue Jays 11, Indians 4
Phillies 0, Marlins 7
Rays 0, Orioles 4
Tigers 2, Royals 1
Reds 8, Braves 4
Mariners 4, Astros 11
Nationals 1, Mets 0
Athletics 7, Rangers 8 (10 innings)
Rockies 2, Padres 4
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 6
Watch as Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen collects the 1,000th hit of his career on a sharply-struck infield single Wednesday night against Cubs reliever Edwin Jackson …
1,000 hits isn’t really a notable milestone — over 1,200 players have done it — but it’s impressive how quickly the 28-year-old McCutchen got there. He made his major league debut for the Pirates on June 4, 2009.