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Ian Desmond | Shortstop

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ian Desmond is out of Thursday's lineup against the Braves.
He's getting a day off to work on his swing mechanics. Danny Espinosa will start at shortstop while Dan Uggla plays second base. Jul 2 - 5:39 PM

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Ian Desmond walked and hit a two-run home run in four trips to the plate, but the Nationals couldn't overcome the Phillies in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Desmond clubbed a two-run home run off of Severino Gonzalez in the fourth inning, helping chip into the four-run deficit the Nationals had entering the frame. It's his seventh round-tripper of the year and his 22nd and 23rd RBI's. He carries a mediocre .225/.269/.356 triple-slash line.
Jun 28 - 9:40 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

The struggling Desmond was on the bench Friday and would have sat out Saturday as well if it wasn't for Yunel Escobar coming down with a stomach bug. There's still upside here, but he might continue to lose playing time to Danny Espinosa until he turns things around.
Jun 23 - 3:49 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals starting lineup against the Pirates on Saturday.

The struggling infielder is sitting a second straight game in favor of the hot-hitting Danny Espinosa. Desmond is hitting just .224/.269/.346 with five homers and 18 RBI on the season with a 79/13 K/BB ratio in 67 games.
Jun 20 - 12:39 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

It looks like he's just getting a breather. Danny Espinosa is filling in for Desmond at shortstop.
Jun 19 - 3:31 PM

Ian Desmond is out of Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.

He's presumably just getting a day off. Danny Espinosa will fill in at shortstop. Meanwhile, Clint Robinson will start at first base with Ryan Zimmerman on the DL.
Jun 11 - 4:35 PM

Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer during Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

Desmond's two-run bomb off of Kyle Hendricks in the second inning gave the Nationals an early 2-1 lead, but the Cubs would pull away to win 6-3. The homer was Desmond's fifth of the season, to pair with 17 RBI and 27 runs scored. After posting a slugging percentage of .511 in 2012, Desmond's seen the power drop in each of his last two seasons. Unless he picks up the pace, this trend is on track to continue, as he's currently hitting .242/.286/.383.
Jun 7 - 7:57 PM

Ian Desmond had three hits, two of them doubles, Wednesday against the Cubs.

Desmond has a 12-game hitting streak going, though this is his first three-hit game since April 18. He's now hitting .257 and slugging .406. It's the first time his slugging has been up over .400 in a month.
May 27 - 11:19 PM

Ian Desmond homered in a second straight game Wednesday against the Yankees.

Desmond is 8-for-22 with five RBI and six runs scored over his last five games. He's also attempted two steals after trying just one in his first 36 games of the year. He was caught on one of them, but it's a good sign that he's running again. Last year, he was 24-for-29 stealing bases.
May 20 - 10:25 PM

Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping the Nationals take down the Marlins 6-4 on Monday.

Desmond clubbed a Bryan Morris offering over the fence in center field to tie the game up at 4-4 in the eighth inning. The shortstop had slumped badly until recently. He now has two home runs, seven RBI, and a .236/.302/.377 triple-slash line.
May 4 - 10:04 PM

Ian Desmond doubled twice and drew a walk in Sunday's win over the Mets.

After grounding out in the first inning, Desmond doubled in the fourth, drew a walk in the sixth, and then doubled again in the eighth. He's now batting .235/.304/.353 for the season. The Nationals managed just seven hits and scratched across only one run Sunday, but that was enough in the pitcher's duel.
May 3 - 4:21 PM

Ian Desmond went hitless in a sixth straight game Thursday, going 0-for-3 with a walk.

When Desmond was on his early error binge, at least it wasn't carrying over to his hitting. Now, though, the glove has come back but the offense has vanished, with his average dropping from .294 to .217 during his hitless streak. He's also finishing April with just one homer and five RBI. He's still one of the better bets at shortstop going forward, but he's probably not going to be quite what he was last year.
Apr 30 - 10:33 PM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

All three hits were singles. Desmond now has six hits in his last nine at-bats and has pulled his batting average up from .211 to .298. While he's swinging a hot bat right now, he continues to struggle miserably in the field. He committed his eighth error of the season Saturday and had another misplay on a potential double play ball.
Apr 18 - 4:42 PM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with two runs scored Friday against the Phillies.

All three hits were singles. Desmond has eight hits in 16 at-bats over the past four games, so he's starting to come around with the bat. As for the glove, not so good. He committed his seventh error of the season on Friday.
Apr 17 - 10:11 PM

Ian Desmond cranked his first home run of the season Wednesday in the Nationals' defeat of the Red Sox.

It was a third-inning solo shot off Red Sox starter Wade Miley that opened a six-run frame for the visiting Nats. Desmond is off to a somewhat sluggish start in his contract year, batting just .206/.270/.382 in 34 at-bats after Wednesday's 1-for-4 performance.
Apr 15 - 4:54 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Michael Taylor
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Matt den Dekker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Casey Janssen
3Aaron Barrett
4Matt Thornton
5Tanner Roark
6David Carpenter
7Blake Treinen
8Felipe Rivero
9Taylor Jordan
10Sammy Solis
11Craig Stammen