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Rays' Jennings headed to disabled list

PHOENIX — 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.

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. He 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 was to see team hand specialist Dr. Doug Carlan on Monday.

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

AWARDS FOR ARCHER: RHP Chris Archer already had a pretty good July.

And Monday, it actually got better, as he was voted the American League pitcher and rookie of the month.

"Being recognized for my onfield performance is a wonderful feeling," Archer said. "Without being surrounded by a great team that allows me to be myself, I wouldn't be able to accomplish things like this. The best part to me is knowing that my support group can see my name scroll across the screen and smile and say, 'That's my boy.' I'm proud to be representing such magnificent, selfless people."

In the 13 years since the rookie award was added, Archer is the second pitcher to win both. The other was Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson in May 2011. And only one AL position player has won the double: Angels OF Mike Trout in July 2012.

There have been three National League double winners: Marlins LHP Dontrelle Willis in June 2003, Brewers 3B Ryan Braun in July 2007 and Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig this June.

Archer's credentials were impressive: a 4-0 record and an 0.73 ERA over five starts, complete-game shutouts of the Astros and Yankees, seven walks and 22 strikeouts in 37 innings and a .140 opponents average.

His ERA was one of the best in a month for a rookie pitcher since the live ball era began in 1920, minimum 35 innings. The only better were Dodgers LHP Fernando Valenzuela, 0.20 in April 1981; Red Sox RHP Boo Ferriss, 0.67 in May 1945; and Reds RHP Junior Thompson, 0.72 in September 1939.

But Archer was not necessarily a clear winner for either award — and that's just among his teammates. Rookie OF Wil Myers hit .352 with four homers and 18 RBIs, and staff ace LHP David Price was 5-1, 1.68 in six starts.

BACK ON THE HILL: Hellickson was frustrated with his performance against the D'backs on Wednesday at the Trop, so he is excited to face them again tonight. "It's nice to see these guys again after pitching like I did," he said. "Hopefully it's a different outcome."

MISCELLANY: The Rays will offer a buy-two/get-two ticket promotion for all remaining Tuesday home games. … INF Ryan Roberts, a former D'back, said the hitting background at Chase Field is among baseball's best. … Sunday's win was only the Rays' fifth this season when being out-hit (34 losses).

Rays' Jennings headed to disabled list 08/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:21am]
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