The seemingly inevitable has happened, and it’s frustrating for multiple reasons that it took this long. Desmond Jennings had been placed on the DL with his knee injury, tweeted Mark Topkin, and Stephen Vogt is back up in his place. It’s bad enough that Jennings has been out and now will be out for longer, but what things more frustrating is that Jennings pinch-hit on Friday, meaning that he won’t be able to come off the DL until May 27th even though he hasn’t started a game since May 6th. We knew that Jennings was really hurt when Matt Joyce hit his go-ahead homer off David Robertson of the Yankees and rolled his ankle on the play but nevertheless went out to right field but Jennings could not play in the field. Jennings is a huge player in this Rays lineup and it will be frustrating to have him out. Players like Elliot Johnson and Brandon Guyer are going to have to continue playing well in his absence. For Vogt, it’s a chance at redemption after a 0 for 13 start to the season and subsequent demotion. Everyone has to be rooting for him to get a hit. The good news here is that the Rays aren’t short-handed anymore, but the injuries are piling up and the Rays’ lineup is really going to have to step up.
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