Jennings likely out rest of spring
Rays plan to ease prospect back to Triple-A for season
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- It's unlikely that Desmond Jennings will see any further Grapefruit League action this spring.
The highly touted outfield Rays prospect injured his left wrist while sliding into second base on Monday against the Pirates and will be out of action for the next five to seven days. After that, Rays manager Joe Maddon said it would be likely that Jennings will head to Triple-A Durham at Minor League camp to prepare for the Bulls' season.
"We just have to get him well -- getting him back to Triple-A and ready to go," Maddon said. "Because here's a guy who can help us at some point in the season -- there's no doubt in my mind -- and I believe from what I'm seeing he can be ready [for the Major Leagues] relatively quick."
Jennings has experienced a tough spring. He had to sit out several games after getting hit by a pitch on his left elbow on March 3. When he finally got back into a game, Jennings jammed his left wrist while attempting a head-first slide into second base.
"A lot disappointing," said Jennings of his spring. "It's been tough -- it's been tough. But things happen."
The Rays recently had four players from the organization named to Major League Baseball's Top 50 prospects list. Of that group, which included Wade Davis, Jeremy Hellickson and Tim Beckham, Jennings was ranked the highest at No. 6.
The speedy outfielder had an outstanding first full year of professional baseball in 2009. In Jennings' two previous seasons, injuries prevented him from playing a full campaign. He developed into the Most Valuable Player of the Southern League in 2009 at Double-A Montgomery before advancing to Durham, where he showed he could play at a high level.
According to scouting reports, Jennings is a five-tool prospect who can play center field due to his ability to run routes well. He has the ability to hit for average and will eventually hit for some power.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.