Rays Roundup: Desmond Jennings Set to Return, Matt Moore Progressing

By Robbie Knopf

A player’s results in rehab games don’t usual mean too much. But when a rehabbing player steals a base, you know he’s feeling good. Desmond Jennings played in a rehab game for High-A Port Charlotte on Sunday and went 1 for 3 with a stolen base and a run scored, looking like his usual self. And after how great Jennings looked, the Rays are confident that he’s healthy that they are set to activate him from the disabled list today and pencil him into the lineup in their leadoff spot according to Marc Topkin. Jennings has been a major catalyst in this Rays lineup, managing a .274/.357/.389 line with 5 doubles, 2 homers, 11 RBI, 8 stolen bases in 9 attempts, and a 25-15 strikeout to walk ratio in 130 plate appearances since he returned to the leadoff spot in the Rays lineup on July 1st. Coincidentally or not, the Rays went 21-6 in that span. The Rays hope that Jennings can return without missing a beat and get the Rays lineup looking just as good as he did over the course of that streak.

In other injury news, Matt Moore played catch for the first time since his minor setback last Wednesday and did so without pain. Moore thought it could not have gone any better.

"“It went exactly like I wanted it to,” Moore said. “I played easy catch and worked in some arm speed.”"

Moore will keep playing catch over the next few days as he works towards a bullpen session later this week. The Rays can’t be sure exactly when he will return at this point, but his rehab is back on track and it should not be too long away. The Rays’ rotation is starting to hit its stride the last few games, and when Moore returns, it will be only better.