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.

Rays acquire Wilmer Font from Athletics

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In a less-notable move on Friday, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer. Font was designated for assignment by the A’s on Wednesday.

This is the second trade involving the righty since the start of the season. The Athletics acquired 28-year-old Font from the Dodgers in late April, but were underwhelmed by his performance after he racked up 11 runs, five home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of relief. While the rookie has yet to prove himself at the big league level, he posted a much more respectable pitching line with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017, going 10-8 in 25 starts with a 3.42 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.9 SO/9 in 134 1/3 innings. It’s still unclear whether the Rays intend to give him another opportunity in the majors this year or use him as depth in the minors.

Bayer, 24, is still a ways away from cracking any major league roster. He advanced to High-A Charlotte prior to the trade and allowed eight runs, two homers, six walks and six strikeouts in his first four innings.