1. Rays

Rays' Desmond Jennings a late scratch, may go on DL

Desmond Jennings is a late scratch with left knee soreness and may be headed to the disabled list.
Published May 3, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG — OF Desmond Jennings was set — "100 percent ready," manager Kevin Cash said — to rejoin the Rays' lineup at DH on Saturday night, with plans to play again today.

But as Cash walked the lineup card to home plate, he decided that between the way Jennings looked running in the outfield and what he said in their pregame talk, playing against the Orioles wasn't a good idea and scratched him due to recurring soreness in his left knee.

Team officials were still talking late Saturday, but it seemed likely they would put Jennings on the disabled list, backdating the move to April 26, the day after he last played, and making him eligible to return May 11. OF Mikie Mahtook would seem the likely replacement from Triple-A Durham, though Joey Butler could be among those also in the conversation.

"It was 100 percent my decision to take (Jennings) out,'' Cash said. "I just didn't feel comfortable. I didn't think it was fair to him to go to try to fight through something. We've been patient with it. He's busted it to try to get back. It might've been rushing it a little bit, hopeful of him being back sooner."

Jennings' knee "flared up'' in the April 25 game. The Rays said later in the week he was diagnosed with bursitis and was available to pinch-hit, but they preferred to rest him. He received a cortisone shot in the knee Thursday during a visit with Dr. Koco Eaton and told Cash he would be ready to play Saturday. Jennings, who was not available to the media postgame, missed the final month of last season with soreness in the same knee but said it felt better with offseason rest and did not require surgery.

WELL, THAT HURTS: There was considerable pregame chatter about a bizarre Friday night play involving C Luke Maile in Durham's game at Pawtucket (Red Sox).

Maile was at the plate when Mahtook stole third, and Paw Sox C Humberto Quintero fired a sidearm throw directly into Maile's midsection. (See the video on

Maile said by phone Saturday he was okay, albeit a bit sore and sporting "a pretty good-looking" bruise: "I'm lucky he didn't get me in the ribs or go a little lower. It could have been a lot worse."

Maile said he had no history with Quintero, a former big-leaguer who, after arguing that Maile should have moved, sparked a bench-clearing incident later in the game by sliding late into SS Hak-Ju Lee.

Asked if he believed Quintero hit him intentionally, Maile said, "All that I'll say about that is that at this level, guys who've played as long as we have, you're not going to miss by that much. I don't know why it happened. I don't know how it happened."

Cash said, "I have not seen a play like that. I was surprised, just like I'm sure everybody else was."

MEDICAL MATTERS: LHP Jake McGee (elbow surgery) expects to move his rehabilitation assignment to Durham on Tuesday after throwing 22 pitches Friday in his second game for advanced Class A Charlotte, hitting 93-94 mph. McGee is slated for several more rehab appearances and may not rejoin the Rays until late May. … LHP Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) said he was excited for today's next big step in his rehab, throwing to hitters at the Trop. He is aiming for a mid-June return. … INF Nick Franklin (oblique) is set to start a rehab assignment Monday. … RHP Jose Dominguez, who made four April relief appearances for the Rays, is on the Durham DL due to shoulder soreness.

MISCELLANY: With the 4-0 loss to the Orioles, the Rays were shut out for the AL-most-matching third time and went homerless for the fifth straight game. … The Rays are not among teams interested in acquiring C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was designated for assignment by the Marlins. … The Rays today play the 22nd of their first 25 games indoors.


  1. Could a reunion with outfielder Steven Souza Jr., shown during a 2016 game, be possible for the Rays?
    What they’ve done so far, what they’re looking to do, Hall of Fame possibilities, and rumblings.
  2. GM Erik Neander spoke Thursday about the challenges of making the Rays better. MARC TOPKIN  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Trading Tommy Pham created some financial flexibility heading to winter meetings but the challenge remains.
  3. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Tommy Pham (29) celebrates inherent dug out after hitting a two run homer in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    Pham said he enjoyed the team Rays had, expected to be pushing with them for a 2020 World Series championship.
  4. Rays fans grew accustomed to scenes such as this last season. Tommy Pham got thrown out on the bases 20 times, which was third-most in the majors. It was also part of a disturbing trend. He was also thrown out 15 times in 2017 and 18 in 2018. DIRK SHADD | Times Photo DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    John Romano | Deciphering Tampa Bay’s offseason moves feels like playing 3D chess. You cannot judge their trades simply by the stats on the back of a baseball card.
  5. San Diego Padres' Hunter Renfroe bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) RALPH FRESO  |  AP
    Trade with Padres also yields Rays touted prospect Xavier Edwards, costs them Jake Cronenworth.
  6. In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, Yankees GM Brian Cashman rappels down One Landmark Square during a charity event in Stamford, Conn. While Cashman was descending the Landmark Building in Stamford on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in preparation for a holiday celebration this weekend, he came across a message taped to a 10th-floor window from a fan: Please sign Gerrit Cole. DRU NADLER  |  AP
    New York’s general manager, who met with the prized free agent pitcher on Tuesday, says the sign was taped to a 10th-floor window of the 22-story building in Connecticut.
  7. The post of Blake Snell's reaction to the trade was popular on Twitter Friday. Twitter
    Snell said his comments about Xavier Edwards captured on the Twitch gaming stream weren’t meant to be disrespectful.
  8. San Diego Padres' Hunter Renfroe is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 10. ORLANDO RAMIREZ  |  AP
    Powerful outfielder, prospect are return in deal that sent Tommy Pham and prospect Jake Cronenworth to San Diego.
  9. Mayor Rick Kriseman on Wednesday said he will not allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore splitting their season between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal prior to the 2027 expiration of the team's lease of Tropicana Field. CHRIS URSO  |  Times
    Politicians on both sides of the bay weigh in on St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s decision to cease talks with the team.
  10. Rays team presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman in their office at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Tampa Bay Rays
    Team presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman on the Montreal plan, stadium sites, downtown St. Pete development and more.