The Nationals will place Ian Desmond on the 15-day disabled list with a tear of his left oblique muscle, an injury the All-Star shortstop had been playing through but will now require an extended period of rest.
Manager Davey Johnson couldn't put an exact timetable for Desmond to return to the Nationals lineup, but these type of injuries generally take at least a month -- often two months -- to heal.
Desmond has been dealing with the injury since at least mid-June but had been playing the best all-around baseball of his career, hitting .286 with 17 homers and 53 RBI in 89 games.
"That just shows you how tough he is," Johnson said following today's 9-2 win over the Braves.
Desmond's loss will force the Nationals to shift Danny Espinosa to shortstop and Steve Lombardozzi to second base for an extended period of time. Johnson said veteran utilityman Mark DeRosa would become the backup infielder.
The Nationals will promote a player from Class AAA Syracuse before tomorrow's game in New York. Outfielder Corey Brown is the most likely choice, Johnson said.'
More to come...