ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 6: Outfielder Desmond Jennings #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays walks in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics May 6, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays scored 4 runs on 2 hits in the inning. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated left fielder Desmond Jennings from their 15-day disabled list, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune. To make room for Jennings on their roster, the Rays optioned outfielder Rich Thompson to Triple-A Durham:
#Rays activate LF Desmond Jennings. Option Thompson to Durham.— RMooneyTrib (@RMooneyTrib) June 5, 2012
Jennings has been out since May 11 while dealing with a sprained left knee. After being shut down for much of May due to the knee injury, Jennings began a minor league rehab stint which lasted four games. Over those four games Jennings went 3-15 with a double and two runs scored while playing for the Rays High- and Triple-A affiliates.
Prior to his injury, Jennings had hit at a clip of .265/.333/.398 with seven extra-base hits, 20 runs scored, 11 RBIs and eight stolen bases over his first 113 at-bats of the season.
Thompson had appeared in eight games for the Rays this season, only collecting one hit over his 16 at-bats.