The Nationals, as expected, have activated Ian Desmond from the 15-day disabled list and will have their All-Star shortstop back in the lineup for the start of tonight's homestand against the Mets.
To make room for Desmond on the 25-man roster, the Nationals have designated Cesar Izturis for assignment, ending the veteran infielder's brief stay with the organization after only 10 days.
Desmond was hitting .286 with 17 homers, 53 RBI and a .503 slugging percentage when a lingering oblique strain finally forced him to the DL on July 22. What was originally expected to be a six-week rehab process wound up taking only four weeks, with the Nationals bringing Desmond back without him ever appearing on a minor-league rehab assignment or facing live pitching.
Desmond's return moves Danny Espinosa back to second base and sends Steve Lombardozzi to the bench, though manager Davey Johnson said he will attempt to try to find at-bats for the rookie utilityman to keep him fresh.
Izturis was claimed off waivers from the Brewers on Aug. 6 and appeared in only five games for the Nationals, going 2-for-4 with a double and four runs scored. By designating him for assignment, the Nationals now have 10 days to either trade Izturis, pass him through waivers and outright him to Class AAA or release him.