[Update] Turns out the Rays did promote Jennings. But he is replacing Reid Brignac, who is being demoted, and not Upton. So maybe the Upton move was just a coincidence. Who knows. But the timing of the two lineup moves was weird.
[10:36pm] Strange things are afoot at the Circle K…
Prior to tonight’s game in Durham, the Bulls pulled Desmond Jennings from the lineup for “non-medical reasons.” He was in uniform and in the dugout during the game.
Well that was weird.
But then it got weirder. After the 8th inning tonight in the Rays game, BJ Upton was pulled from the lineup.
The obvious answer would be that Upton was traded and Jennings is being called up.
If Jennings is going to need to be on a plane tomorrow, it might make sense for the Rays to keep him out of the lineup tonight. Otherwise, teams typically don’t sit a position player that is about to be moved.
But on the other hand, why pull Jennings before the game, and more than three hours later pull Upton? And what difference does one inning make for Upton? So, the timing on this is weird, and there isn’t an obvious answer.
The entire situation is weird.