Jennings will need game action before return

Moore throwing bullpens, slated to pitch Monday at extended spring

Jennings will need game action before return

MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Desmond Jennings will need to hit in some games before returning to the Rays.

Manager Kevin Cash said as much on Friday when talking about Jennings' progress toward rejoining the team.

"I think Dez will definitely need some at-bats," Cash said. "How many, I think it's a little too early to tell. I would say consecutive games at least."

Jennings went on the 15-day disabled list on May 3 with left-knee bursitis, which most feel was a product of the pounding from playing on artificial turf.

"Dez is still getting some treatment, ramping up his workouts," Cash said. "Running a little more, hitting."

Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) threw a bullpen on Friday after throwing one on Wednesday.

"I do not know how that went," Cash said. "But I talked to Matt yesterday on the bench after his live BP [on Wednesday] and he felt really good. Like total normal. Great sign."

Moore is expected to pitch in a simulated game at extended spring on Monday.

Cash also said that infielder Nick Franklin (left-obique strain) is "doing really well."

Franklin is hitting .286 in seven games for Triple-A Durham and was scheduled to be off on Friday before playing for the Bulls on Saturday and Sunday.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.