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Ian Desmond | Outfielder | #20

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
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Rockies manager Bud Black indicated Sunday that Ian Desmond (hand) could see some playing time in the outfield when he returns.
Desmond was signed to a five-year, $70 million contract over the winter with the expectation that he'd start at first base, but with Mark Reynolds hitting well to begin the season, the Rockies may want to keep his bat in the lineup. Regardless of where he plays, fantasy owners are anxiously awaiting Desmond's return which appears to be on track for early May. Apr 23 - 9:55 PM
Source: Denver Post

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Ian Desmond (hand) will begin taking batting practice this weekend.

Desmond has begun hitting off a tee and will progress to soft toss and then batting practice over the next few days. He's already been going through full infield drills. The Rockies haven't said when Desmond would begin a rehab assignment, but sometime perhaps late next week seems like a reasonable goal.
Apr 21 - 5:51 PM

Ian Desmond (hand) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

Desmond is steadily upping his baseball activities, although he's not ready to take batting practice yet. "He’s getting pretty much full work in the field. So he’s taking groundballs and receiving throws from infielders," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "They were worried about the stress of a thrown ball, with velocity, going into his glove hand. But it’s fine. No problem." Black said last month that he expected Desmond to be activated from the disabled list by the end of April, but it's looking like he may fall a little behind that timetable. However, it shouldn't take much longer than that.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 21 - 11:00 AM

Ian Desmond (hand) took infield practice on Thursday.

Desmond broke his left hand in a Cactus League game on March 12 and underwent surgery four days later. He’s resumed baseball activities and is now able to play catch and take ground balls at first base. Manager Bud Black is hoping he’ll advance to batting practice next week. Beat writer Nick Groke of the Denver Post said it "remains possible" that Desmond could return by the end of April. Mark Reynolds has done a nice job in his place, hitting .313 with four homers and 10 RBI through 11 games.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 14 - 9:06 AM

Ian Desmond (hand) will begin playing catch and fielding groundballs later this week.

Desmond needed surgery in mid-March after fracturing his left hand during a Cactus League game. The hope is that he'll be ready to make his Rockies debut around late April or early May, but there is no exact timetable yet for the $70 million man.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 11 - 6:18 PM

Ian Desmond (hand) will have a medical check-up on Monday.

Desmond fractured his left hand in mid-March Cactus League action, a fracture which required surgery. During his medical exam on Monday, he will be checked out to see how the bones in his hand are healing up post-surgery. The expectation is that Desmond will be able to return to the Rockies before the end of April.
Source: MLB.com
Apr 5 - 10:27 PM

Rockies placed 1B Ian Desmond on the 10-day disabled list.

Desmond fractured a bone in his left hand in mid-March and had to have surgery. The expectation is that he'll be ready to rejoin the big club before the end of April. Mark Reynolds will hold down first base until Desmond is ready.
Apr 2 - 1:53 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black confirmed Thursday that Ian Desmond (hand) is expected to join the active roster before the end of April.

Desmond underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a fracture of the second metacarpal bone in his left hand. He suffered the injury last Sunday in a Cactus League game. The 31-year-old signed a five-year, $70 million free agent contract with Colorado this past offseason after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 21 stolen bases, and 107 runs scored over 156 games for the Rangers in 2016.
Mar 16 - 12:28 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black said during an appearance on KOA NewsRadio on Tuesday that Ian Desmond (hand) is expected to return in late-April.

Desmond suffered a fracture of the second metacarpal bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday. He's scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, so there should be more clarity on the timeline soon, but the early estimate could have been much worse. Mark Reynolds will be the primary fill-in at first base in the short-term.
Mar 14 - 12:19 PM

Ian Desmond will have surgery Wednesday to repair the fractured second metacarpal bone in his left hand.

There's no word yet on how long Desmond's rehab will take, but more figures to be known after the procedure Wednesday. Obviously, he's going to be looking at an extended absence, which means Mark Reynolds is in line to play first base for a while for the Rockies.
Mar 13 - 4:47 PM

Ian Desmond has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand, the result of getting hit by a pitch in Cactus League play on Sunday.

He'll visit a hand specialist on Monday. There's no word yet on how much time he may miss, but he'll certainly start the season on the disabled list. It's a crushing blow to the Rockies, where Desmond was their big splash offensively over the winter. They now have a gaping hole at first base to fill.
Mar 12 - 7:27 PM

Ian Desmond was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game after being hit by a pitch on his left hand.

He was spotted wearing a brace on the hand afterwards. He'll likely head for X-rays to ensure that there's no structural damage. Expect the Rockies to provide an update on his status after the game.
Mar 12 - 5:34 PM

Ian Desmond went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

Desmond let rip for a two-run shot off James Paxton in the fourth inning. The dinger was his first of spring training. The Rockies inked him to a five-year, $70 million deal in mid-December. He posted a .285/.335/.446 triple-slash with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 steals across 625 at-bats this past season. Shifting over from the Rangers to the Rockies, now, he keeps his act in a favorable hitter's park.
Mar 4 - 6:12 PM

Ian Desmond is batting fifth in his Cactus League debut with the Rockies on Saturday.

Aside from having Gerardo Parra in for David Dahl, and utilizing a designated hitter, this looks as though it could be a preview of the Opening Day lineup for the Rockies. Desmond, coming off of a monster 2016 campaign with the Rangers, is poised for even greater heights in the tremendous hitting environment that Coors Field provides.
Feb 25 - 9:51 AM

Rockies signed INF/OF Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract.

Desmond will be officially introduced in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. The contract took many in the baseball world by surprise, but barring a pursuit of Mark Trumbo, the Rockies plan to use Desmond at first base in 2017. Desmond batted .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases with the Rangers this past season and finds himself in another great spot for fantasy value. The Rockies surrendered their first-round pick (No. 11 overall) in order to sign Desmond.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tony Wolters
2Tom Murphy
3Dustin Garneau
1B1Ian Desmond
2Mark Reynolds
3Stephen Cardullo
2B1DJ LeMahieu
2Alexi Amarista
SS1Trevor Story
2Cristhian Adames
3Pat Valaika
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1David Dahl
2Gerardo Parra
CF1Charlie Blackmon
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Gray
2Tyler Anderson
3Tyler Chatwood
4Kyle Freeland
5Antonio Senzatela
6Chad Bettis
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Adam Ottavino
3Jake McGee
4Mike Dunn
5Chad Qualls
6Carlos Estevez
7Chris Rusin
8Jordan Lyles
9Scott Oberg
10Jairo Diaz