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Ian Desmond | Outfielder | #20

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Ian Desmond indicated Sunday that he's been told he'll be playing "mostly left field" this spring.
"I will be ready to play first base if they need me to, but right now, from what I understand it’s going to be mostly left field," Desmond said. It's good news for the fantasy prospects of Ryan McMahon, who appears pegged for the first base job at the moment. Of course, the Rockies haven't ruled out a reunion with Mark Reynolds, so we can't lock in McMahon just yet. Desmond seeing more time at first base would free up playing time in the outfield for Raimel Tapia and/or David Dahl. Feb 18 - 12:50 PM

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Ian Desmond is not in the lineup for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Diamondbacks.

With Zack Greinke on the mound for Arizona, the Rockies will instead start Gerardo Parra in left field. It's only 22 at-bats of sample size, but in his career against Greinke, Desmond has just a .273 OPS. Let's also remember that he was given a $70 million dollar contract this offseason, and isn't playing in the biggest game for the Rockies in quite some time. He could be one of the first bats off the bench, however.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 04:04:00 PM

Ian Desmond finished 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in the Rockies' win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Desmond opened the game's scoring with a three-run shot off Marlins starter Adam Conley in the bottom of the second before adding an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. The 32-year-old has been a big disappointment in the first year of his five-year, $70 million free agent agreement with Colorado, but it looks like the Rockies are headed to the postseason and Desmond will have an opportunity to flip the script.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 06:58:00 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 and hit his sixth homer Friday against the Padres.

Six homers in 313 at-bats isn't what anyone was expecting from Desmond this year. The Rockies have kept playing him regularly, hoping for some kind of pay off. He hasn't been able to string together more than a couple of good games in a row, but the Rockies will just keep their fingers crossed.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 01:41:00 AM

Ian Desmond finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's game in San Francisco.

Desmond posted just his second multi-hit game over the past 18 outings. He entered the game hitting .196 (9-for-46) with two RBI and 13 strikeouts in the month of September, but he has hit safely in five of the past six and might be showing signs of turning things around.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 03:49:00 AM

Ian Desmond is absent from the Rockies' lineup Monday.

Desmond has hit only .211/.302/.237 in 11 games since returning from the disabled list while seeing starts at three different positions. The Rockies have Gerardo Parra in left field and Mark Reynolds at first base Monday.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 07:05:00 PM

Ian Desmond will start at shortstop Monday against the Giants.

It will be his first start at shortstop this season. Trevor Story, who is 1-for-12 to start September, is on the bench. He could lose playing time down the stretch.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 01:00:00 PM

Rockies activated INF/OF Ian Desmond from the 10-day disabled list.

Desmond has missed the last month of action after aggravating his right calf injury. He played first base, left field and shortstop on his rehab assignment and is expected to be used at multiple positions down the stretch. Desmond is not, however, starting on Monday. Daily Slant: The Rockies are far and away the top overall offense on the board in a home match-up with Jordan Zimmermann and a depleted Tigers bullpen. Zimmermann has been struggling mightily of late, allowing seven runs in each of his last three outings, a span in which he's allowed 31 walks/hits in 13.2 IP. A trip to Coors Field isn't typically a slump buster for pitchers, so load up on the Rockies.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 05:32:00 PM

Ian Desmond (calf) homered in his third rehab game Sunday night at Triple-A Albuquerque.

He also played a full nine innings on defense, splitting time between first base and shortstop. Desmond is 3-for-9 with the homer, a double, and a walk through three minor league rehab games and could be activated off the disabled list ahead of the Rockies' series opener against the Tigers on Monday night.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 09:11:00 AM

Ian Desmond (calf) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday.

Desmond will be at Triple-A for rehab games on Thursday and Friday. He could potentially play in another one on Sunday, too. He was feeling fresh after a hard workout on Wednesday as he continues to work his way back from a strained right calf suffered near the end of July.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 06:17:00 PM

Ian Desmond (calf) felt good after a workout on Wednesday.

Desmond pushed himself in the workout and came away from it feeling good. He will need to go through a minor league rehab assignment, but does not sound far off from returning to play with the Rockies. A strained right calf has kept him on the shelf since July 26.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black said Tuesday that there is no timetable for Ian Desmond's return from the disabled list.

Desmond has been out since July 26 with a strained right calf and still hasn't been cleared for baseball activities. It sounds like he'll miss most, if not all, of August. The 31-year-old is batting just .285/.328/.388 with five home runs over 65 games in the first year of a five-year, $70 million free agent deal.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 05:44:00 PM

Ian Desmond (calf) could need a rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list.

Desmond won't return on Saturday when first eligible and it's unclear when he might be ready. Rockies manager Bud Black on Thursday referred to Desmond's right calf injury as "tricky" before noting that Desmond could need to test things out in rehab games before coming back. He's been on the DL twice since the beginning of July with the same ailment.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 12:10:00 PM

Rockies placed 1B/OF Ian Desmond on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 26, with a strained right calf.

Desmond re-injured his calf on Tuesday and apparently didn't make enough improvement over the last couple days to avoid the DL. It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Gerardo Parra and Mark Reynolds will get regular starts with Desmond out.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 03:43:00 PM

Ian Desmond (calf) is not available for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

Desmond required a stint on the disabled list for a right calf injury earlier this month, then came back after the All-Star break only to re-injure that same calf in Tuesday's game against the Cards. With a natural off day on Thursday, Desmond now has two days to rest up before the Rockies take on the Nationals for a three-game series this weekend.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 08:16:00 PM

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C1Chris Iannetta
2Tony Wolters
3Tom Murphy
4Chris Rabago
1B1Ryan McMahon
2B1DJ LeMahieu
SS1Trevor Story
2Pat Valaika
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Ian Desmond
2Raimel Tapia
3Noel Cuevas
CF1Charlie Blackmon
RF1Gerardo Parra
2David Dahl
3Mike Tauchman
4Yonathan Daza
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Gray
2Tyler Anderson
3Chad Bettis
4German Marquez
5Kyle Freeland
6Jeff Hoffman
7Antonio Senzatela
8Sam Howard
9Jesus Tinoco
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Jake McGee
3Bryan Shaw
4Adam Ottavino
5Chris Rusin
6Mike Dunn
7Carlos Estevez
8Zac Rosscup
9Scott Oberg
10Jairo Diaz
11Brooks Pounders