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Rays lose leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings to 15-day DL

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Rays will be without their regular leadoff hitter for at least two weeks.
The Rays will be without their regular leadoff hitter for at least two weeks. (USATSI)

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Center fielder Desmond Jennings has been placed on the 15-day DL with a fracture in his left middle finger, the Rays announced. Outfielder Jason Bourgeois was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill the roster spot.

Jennings, 26, suffered the injury when he jammed the finger sliding into second base on Saturday. An initial exam showed no break, but a follow-up revealed the small fracture. It's unclear how much time he will miss.

In 104 games before the injury, Jennings was hitting .258/.326/.419 (107 OPS+) with 11 home runs and a team-leading 17 stolen bases. It's a nice improvement from the .246/.314/.388 (96 OPS+) batting line he produced last year, his first full season as a big leaguer.

Bourgeois, 31, was hitting .291/.336/.371 with 21 stolen bases in Triple-A before being called up. The Rays will be his fifth different team in six big league seasons. Bourgeois and Sam Fuld will handle center field while Jennings is sidelined.

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