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Jennings (knee) will not return to the Rays in 2014, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Although Jennings has reported feeling better of late, he hasn't improved enough to warrant a return during the season's final week. With the Rays securely out of the playoff contention, there would be little reason to rush him back anyway. Rather than travel with the team for their final six-game road trip, Jennings will remain in Tampa Bay, where he'll continue to undergo treatment with the hopes of getting fully healthy for 2015. His knee injury has kept him out of action since Aug. 29, limiting the outfielder to 123 games this year. When healthy, Jennings was able to post a .244/.319/.378 slash line, but his 15 steals represented a four-year low. He should have a starting outfield job heading into next year, but it's currently unclear how the recent ailment will affect his status in the offseason, where he'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time.

Desmond Jennings CF TB 3 Months

Jennings (knee) will likely miss the remainder of the 2014 season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jennings has missed the previous nine games due to the injury, and it looks like he will miss a lot more. The team has been rolling with Kevin Kiermaier in center field, and with no playoff chase this season, there is no reason for the club to rush back their center fielder.

Desmond Jennings CF TB 3 Months

Jennings (knee) missed his ninth straight game Saturday.

The Rays still have not revealed a timetable for Jennings' return, but there is no incentive for the team to push him back on the field at less than 100 percent given that they're no longer in the playoff picture.

Desmond Jennings CF TB 3 Months

Jennings (bruised knee) has no timetable for a return, Roger Moooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Jennings is still experiencing pain when he runs, an obvious concern for a player whose skill set is predicated on speed. Rather than trot out Jennings in the lineup at diminished strength, the Rays will give the outfielder as much time as he needs to get back to 100 percent health, though there's no telling how long that might take. Until Jennings reports improvement, Kevin Kiermaier will man center field on a near-everyday basis.

Desmond Jennings CF TB 3 Months

Jennings' sore left knee has shown little improvement over the past week, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jennings (knee) has now been out of the Rays' lineup for six consecutive games and, according to Manager Joe Maddon, will not return to action before the injury shows improvement. With extra outfielders available due to roster expansion this month, the Tampa Bay skipper also expressed that the team can obviously afford to be more cautious.

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Jennings (knee) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jennings was scratched from the lineup Friday with left knee soreness, and missed Saturday and Sunday because of the injury. That is the case again Monday, and with the rosters having expanded, the team will likely take its time in the return of Jennings with nothing left to play for.

Desmond Jennings CF TB 4 Months

Jennings (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The bruised knee will cost Jennings his third straight game, but it's not believed a long-term absence is in store for the outfielder. He'll be replaced in center field and the leadoff spot by Kevin Kiermaier.

Desmond Jennings CF TB 4 Months

Jennings (knee) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jennings was a late scratch from Friday's lineup but the team later clarified that he's just dealing with a bruise, suggesting it's merely a day-to-day situation. However, Jennings will sit again Saturday as Kevin Kiermaier mans center and Ben Zobrist leads off, and it's uncertain whether Jennings will be available in any capacity Sunday.

Desmond Jennings CF TB 4 Months

Jennings' knee injury is being diagnosed as a bruise, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

The injury caused Jennings to become a late scratch for Friday's game, but he is day-to-day heading into Saturday.

Desmond Jennings CF TB 4 Months

Jennings was a late scratch Friday with left knee soreness.

Jennings was initially set to lead off but will now sit to rest his knee. Brandon Guyer entered the lineup at the leadoff spot in left field while Matt Joyce moved to right field and Kevin Kiermaier slid to center.