|Desmond, above, missed the All-Star game due to his oblique injury. (Photo: fantasysmacktalk.com)|
Luckily, this injury happened just before the break so he had plenty of time to recover. Now, however, he's just getting a little more time.
Oblique injuries are something that can cause a player to miss a lot of time and even be sent to the DL. While it doesn't look like this could happen to Desmond, he played on Saturday, the Nationals are sitting him just to be sure.
In the meantime, Danny Espinosa is going to slide over from his second base spot to fill in at short-stop. The Swiss Army knife that is Steven Lombardozzi is going to take Espinosa's spot at second base.
Not having Desmond didn't seem to hurt the Nationals too much yesterday. They took game three of the four games series from the Marlins 4-0. Lombardozzi knocked through two hits and one-RBI to help the cause.
Desmond is batting .287 this season with a .317 on base percentage and a .511 slugging percentage. He's hit 24 doubles, 17 home runs, and has collected 52 RBI. He is well on is way to having career highs in all three categories.
Expect Desmond to return late in the week or even over the weekend. The Nationals should do just fine without him in the line-up so there is no need to rush him back. Oblique injuries can cause players to miss a lot of time so the Nationals should treat this with a lot of caution.
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Source: CSN Washington