Desmond Jennings had been with Tampa Bay long enough to have played when they were still the Devil Rays, but his 11-year tenure with the team came to end in 2016 after the veteran outfielder was released in the midst of an unproductive, injury-riddled season. In 65 games with the Rays, Jennings slashed a paltry .200/.281/.350 and struck out a career-high 25.8 percent of the time. His 73 wRC+ was easily the worst of his MLB career. A former 30-plus base stealer in his prime, the 30-year-old has just seven stolen bases in his last two big league seasons (333 plate appearances). Jennings signed with the Reds on a minor league deal prior to the 2017 season, but he's unlikely to be of much fantasy interest. It seems that his once-tantalizing upside has all but vanished and he'll likely serve as no more than a reserve outfielder in the coming years.
Jennings was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday. Jennings was battling for a reserve outfield spot, and it looked like the 30-year-old had a good shot at making the big-league roster with the release of Ryan Raburn. He was just 8-for-41 (.195) throughout spring, however, prompting the Reds to ship him off to the minors to start the season. Jennings does have an opt-out option before Opening Day, which he'll likely utilize in an attempt to latch on elsewhere.
Jennings' chances of winning a roster spot got better Monday with the Reds releasing Ryan Raburn. Both Jennings and Raburn were NRI's, so now the Reds only have to clear one 40-man roster spot. There's some chance that the team will keep just four reserve hitters, so Jennings could get more plate appearances than your average backup outfielder.
Jennings (hip) is batting seventh and playing center field during Sunday's spring training game against the Mariners, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Jennings was scratched from Thursday's game with what was being identified as "right hip flexor stiffness." The veteran outfielder said that he wasn't worried about the injury, and the fact that he's suiting up Sunday confirms that it was nothing serious. He'll continue to battle for an Opening Day outfield spot.
Jennings' injury has been identified as right hip flexor stiffness, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Jennings said he's not worried about the injury and that he would have played Friday if needed. The outfielder continues fighting for a major league roster spot as a backup. Jennings stole 31 bases in 2012 and no less than 15 in any of his significant major league stints before 2016, so if he could fall into frequent playing time, he could offer cheap steals in mixed leagues. The rest of his offensive game, on the other hand, remains shaky, as seen in his .245/.322/.393 career triple slash.
Jennings was scratched from Thursday's spring training game with a hip injury, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. It was reported earlier that Jennings was scratched for an undisclosed reason, and it appears that reason was some minor hip pain. He'll be out for a couple days at least, so consider him day-to-day until the Reds update his status.