Jennings Leaves Game w/ Knee Soreness

By: Chris Dommermuth

Rays OF Desmond Jennings left Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics after the second inning with left knee soreness.

The injury is believed to have happened in the first innings when Jennings slid head first at home plate while scoring on a sacrifice fly.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said that Jennings will be evaluated on Monday and make a decision then on if he can play Tuesday night when the Rays go into New York to play the Yankees.

If history is any indication, the Rays will likely keep Jennings out for a few games. The Rays are usually on the cautious side when it comes to injuries, especially with some of their young players.

Jennings has been a solid spark-plug for the Rays in the leadoff spot. He’s tied for the AL lead in stolen bases with 8 while hitting .270 with 3 home runs.

Knee soreness is not something you want to hear about a player who’s value is predicated on speed, but Jennings shouldn’t be out too long.

If Jennings needs time off, look for Maddon to shift Matt Joyce over to left field and keep Ben Zobrist in right field. Jeff Keppinger will likely get the playing time at second base.

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