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Jennings to DL, Bourgeois called up

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CF Desmond Jennings ended up on the disabled list late Monday when what the Rays initially called a sprain of his left middle finger turned out to be a small fracture.

OF Jason Bourgeois was called up from Triple A Durham and will be added to the roster .

The 31-year-old has played parts of five seasons in the majors, including 93 games with Houston in 2011. He has also been with the White Sox, Brewers and Royals, for whom he played in 30 games last year. Bourgeois was hitting .291 in 84 games for the Bulls.

Jennings sat out Sunday with the finger in a metal splint and though initial x-rays were negative he on Monday was to see team hand specialist Dr. Doug Carlan, and was instead diagnosed with a small fracture.

The Rays had to turn to Bourgeois because their top two outfielders at Triple-A, Brandon Guyer and Rich Thompson, are both injured.

Bourgeois is a right-handed hitter and thrower, 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, who signed a minor-league contract with the Rays during the off-season and was with them in spring training.

Sam Fuld would seem likely to get most of the duty in centerfield while Jennings is out, but the Rays didn't really have another option or a backup, with Sean Rodriguez or Ben Zobrist the likely choices.

Jennings is the eighth Ray currently on the DL.

Bourgeois has to be added to the 40-man roster. The most likely move would be to move Guyer, who was just shifted from the minor-league to major-league DL for this reason, to the 60-day, which allows a player to be added to the 40-man roster.

 

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:30am]

    

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