Desmond Jennings

Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings re-injured his knee

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Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings spent three months on the disabled list following knee surgery and now, after playing just 10 games since returning in mid-August, he may be headed back to the DL.

Jennings bruised the same knee Tuesday and sat out Wednesday’s game, with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times speculating that the Rays will simply shut him down and recall Richie Shaffer or another outfielder from the minors.

Jennings has been a regular for the Rays since mid-2011, but his bat has never quite developed as hoped with a .249 batting average and .724 OPS in 502 career games. Good speed and defense make him a solid all-around player, but with a raise to at least $4 million due via arbitration for next season it’s possible the Rays may view him as an offseason trade candidate.