The season has just begun, but several of the game's best prospects are already on the disabled list. We'll do our best throughout the season to keep you updated when prospects hit the DL.
• Desmond Jennings, cf, Rays: Jennings has been out with a sprained left wrist since he got hurt sliding head first into second base in a spring training game with the Rays' big league club. He will likely miss all of April before returning to Triple-A Durham to start his season.
• Tim Beckham, ss, Rays: Like Jennings, Beckham is also waiting for a sore left wrist to heal, though he isn't expected to miss much time. He'll start the year with high Class A Charlotte.
• Casey Crosby, lhp, Tigers: Crosby will miss time with a sore left elbow before joining high Class A Lakeland. After signing in 2007, Crosby missed nearly the entire 2008 season due to Tommy John surgery, but he returned throwing 92-95 mph and touched 98 last year to become the No. 47 prospect in baseball.
• Derek Norris, c, Nationals: Norris, who had hamate bone surgery last year after instructional league, opened the season on the DL for high Class A Potomac after he re-aggravated his hand during spring training. He isn't expected to miss much time.
• Cody Satterwhite, rhp, Tigers: Shoulder soreness will delay Satterwhite from beginning his stint with Double-A Erie. Satterwhite can sit in the mid-90s and hit 98 mph out of the bullpen, but shoulder problems sidelined him during the final month of the 2009 season and kept him out of the Arizona Fall League.
• Donavan Tate, cf, Padres: Tate broke the trend of Padres' first-round picks coming from the college ranks, but he's continuing in the Padres' long line of injury-riddled first-rounders. He's on the mend after suffering a sprained left shoulder diving for a ball in spring training. The third overall pick in last year's draft, Tate signed at the Aug. 17 deadline and has thus far racked up more injuries—he had had surgery to reattach an abdominal muscle to his pubic bone and another surgery to fix a broken jaw he suffered in an ATV accident in the offseason—than games played. Tate could report to low Class A Fort Wayne when healthy, though the Padres might also choose to have him open in short-season ball.
• Jaff Decker, rf, Padres: Decker is with Tate in extended spring training after tweaking his hamstring this spring. Decker, who for whatever it's worth has supposedly lost a fair amount of weight since last year according to Padres officials, should open with high Class A Lake Elsinore.
• Chris Carpenter, rhp, Cubs: Carpenter is on the disabled list for Double-A Tennessee with a shoulder injury. The Cubs' No. 8 prospect has an extensive medical record, having had Tommy John surgery in 2005 as a freshman at Kent State, then another elbow operation the following year.
• Brad Holt, rhp, Mets: Holt is expected to miss a start or two after opening the year on the Double-A Binghamton DL with an injured right wrist.
• Corey Luebke, lhp, Padres: Luebke is expected to miss at least a month after he strained an oblique near the end of spring training. He'll join Double-A San Antonio upon his return.
• Juan Jaime, rhp, Nationals: Elbow tendinitis restricted Jaime during spring training. He opens the season on the DL for high Class A Potomac.
• Scott Bittle, rhp, Cardinals: Bittle is still working his way back from shoulder problems, which is nothing new for the 2009 fourth-round pick out of Mississippi. Bittle didn't pitch last year after signing and missed the last six weeks of his senior season because of his shoulder, which also plagued him the previous year. He could make his return to the mound next month, possibly with Double-A Springfield.
• Loek Van Mil, rhp, Twins: Baseball's tallest player (7-foot-1) remains in extended spring training with shin splints. Van Mil, 25, is expected to open at Double-A New Britain.
• Alex Cobb, rhp, Rays: An oblique injury hampered Cobb in spring training, though he could return from the disabled list with Double-A Montgomery by the end of the month.
• Evan Anundsen, rhp, Brewers: Anundsen opened the year on the DL with an injured shoulder. He will make his Double-A debut with Huntsville when he returns.
• Josh Judy, rhp, Indians: Judy should join the Triple-A Columbus bullpen when he returns from the DL from elbow soreness.
• Jordan Brown, 1b/of, Indians: Brown suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee while taking part in an outfield drill during spring training and had surgery last month. He could return to Triple-A Columbus at some point in May.
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