Rays lose leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings to 15-day DL
The Rays had to place center fielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day DL with a fractured finger.
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.