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Desmond Jennings healthy, eager to 'have some fun' with Rays

Desmond Jennings in the Rays' dugout during a July 25 game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.

[WILL VRAGOVIC | Times (2015)]

Desmond Jennings in the Rays' dugout during a July 25 game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.

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OF Desmond Jennings reported to Rays camp on Wednesday, saying his left knee is healthy and ready to get back on the field for the Rays.

"I feel good," Jennings said. "I'm excited to actually participate in baseball again. I just look forward to having some fun and playing."

Jennings was limited to 28 games last season by a left knee injury that eventually requires surgery, and then when he was about to return at the end of the season by a dental issue. He also missed the last month of the 2014 season due to knee issues.

"It's always frustrating," he said. "You want to play. … It's very frustrating. It's hard to stay positive when you go through stuff like that."

Jennnings said he rested his knee at the start of the offseason and when he resumed workouts did more running in an effort to drop some weight to lighten the load on his legs. He looked thinner but would not say how much he weighed. The Rays list him at 210 pounds.

He also said he will do more workouts during the season to keep his legs strong.

The Rays feel Jennings, who will make $3.3-million this season, has the chance to be a dynamic part of their lineup, but he has to stay healthy to do so. Jennings said he is eager to show that he can.

"Every year I come into camp thinking that, this is going to be my year," he said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 10:24am]

    

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