Wrist sprain to cost Jennings a week

Wrist sprain to cost Jennings a week

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Rays announced on Wednesday that Desmond Jennings has a sprained left wrist and will be out of action for the next five to seven days.

The highly touted outfield prospect injured his wrist while sliding into second base on Monday against the Pirates. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Jennings, 23, is a long shot to make the Rays out of Spring Training; the prudent move from a developmental standpoint is to let him season further at Triple-A. Nevertheless, he brings excitement to the field, and it's easy to spot his special talents.

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 became the Most Valuable Player of the Southern League in 2009 at Double-A Montgomery before advancing to Triple-A 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.