Desmond Jennings is having a rough spring

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Desmond Jennings is one of the truly elite prospects in baseball, ranking No. 6 on Baseball America‘s annual top 100 list, but things aren’t going smoothly for him this spring.
Jennings was plunked on the elbow in his very first Grapefruit League at-bat, missed a few days, returned to the lineup, and then sprained his left wrist Monday while trying to steal a base.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Jennings will be in a splint for a week or so and is expected to miss “at least” two weeks overall. Ultimately he wasn’t going to make the Opening Day roster anyway, but as Mooney notes “it would have been fun to watch him play a little longer” before heading to Triple-A.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.