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.