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.
Rays right-hander Chris Archer dominated the Astros tonight, allowing just one hit in a 1-0 victory at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Archer struck out 11 batters and walked just one in the victory. The only hit was a fifth-inning single by Colby Rasmus. Archer needed only 98 pitches to go the distance, so this qualifies as a “Maddux.” For those not familiar, a “Maddux” is a shutout thrown with fewer than 100 pitches.
The only offense of the night came on a Desmond Jennings RBI single off Collin McHugh in the fourth inning. However, it was enough with Archer dealing.
This was Archer’s third career shutout and his first since 2013. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a 2.77 ERA and 205/42 K/BB ratio in 169 innings across 26 starts this season.
Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is off the disabled list and back on the active roster two months after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Jennings is making $3.1 million this season via arbitration and the 28-year-old former top prospect has largely underwhelmed in the majors, so his performance down the stretch could determine if he has a future in Tampa Bay.
Jennings is a career .248 hitter with a .721 OPS, but when healthy adds to the mediocre offensive production with good speed and defense.
Grady Sizemore is back in the major leagues after the Rays promoted him from Single-A Charlotte on Sunday morning. In related roster moves, outfielder Desmond Jennings was moved to the 60-day disabled list and pitcher Matt Andriese was optioned to Triple-A Durham.
Sizemore, 32, hit .245/.288/.296 with no home runs and six RBI in 104 plate appearances with the Phillies this season before being released in early June. The Rays signed him two weeks later.
The veteran is a shadow of his former self, as he has been besieged by injuries, but the tank isn’t completely empty just yet.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune has the update:
Desmond Jennings had arthroscopic surgery today in Vail, Colo., and Dr. Steven Singleton cleaned up the inflammation in the plica band that surrounds the left knee cap.
The inflammation caused the band to compress on the knee, which caused the pain when Jennings tried to straighten his leg.
It’s a relatively minor procedure, but he obviously won’t be resuming baseball activities anytime soon. Jennings has been on the shelf since late April with bursitis in his left knee. He has appeared in just 18 games this season for Tampa Bay.
The 28-year-old outfielder is making $3.1 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility.