According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Rays have placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list with left knee bursitis, retroactive to April 26th.
#rays place Jennings on DL with left knee bursitis. OF Joey Butler has been selected from Durham.
— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) May 3, 2015
Jennings had a disappointing April to start the season and the month of May isn’t off to a good start either. He’s batting .222/.306/.238 with no home runs and two RBIs in 18 games.
To replace Jennings on the roster, the Rays selected the contract of outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.
From Jennings via MLB.com:
“It’s always disappointing to go to the DL, no matter what happens, no matter how close you get [to recovery]. It’s just frustrating,” said Jennings, who hopes that added rest will enable him to return to action in eight days, when he’s eligible.
“Before the game, it was hurting. It’s been hurting, but I thought I could go out and DH and play, but I couldn’t ,” said Jennings.
“I don’t want to say it wasn’t getting better. It just wasn’t getting better fast,” said Jennings.
Jennings, 28, was a last-minute scratch from Saturday night’s game after he was scheduled to serve as the DH and has not played since being forced to leave last Saturday’s game vs. the Blue Jays with knee soreness.
Butler, 29, has played in a total 14 games with the Rangers and Cardinals during the past two seasons.
He was batting .317 with 2 home runs and 15 RBI in 22 games this season at Durham.