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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Ian Desmond exits with back tightness


By on 9/09/2014 10:45:00 PM

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond left Tuesday night's 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves with back tightness, according to James Wagner of The Washington Post. Desmond was replaced by Danny Espinosa, who made a throwing error and doubled. The victory increased the Nats' lead in the NL East to nine games with 19 left to play.
Manager Matt Williams said the issue was "not serious and Desi's played a lot." In fact, Desmond has appeared in 140 of the Nats' 143 games, slashing .248/.303/.416(OPS+ 97) with 22 homers, 82 RBI and 18 stolen bases.

Ian Desmond

Desmond, 28, was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2004 (3rd round) and made his debut for the Nationals September 10, 2009. He was named to the 2012 All-Star Team and won a Silver Slugger award in 2013 when he hit  .280/.331/.453 (OPS+115) with 20 homers and 21 stolen bases. He is signed to a two-year $17.5 million contract  that takes him through 2015, at which point he will  be eligible for free agency.

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