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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 hit his 24th home run of the season in Sunday's season finale against the Marlins.
Desmond fell a homer shy of his career best mark, but it was still an extremely productive year for the 29-year-old. Desmond batted .255/.313/.430 with 73 runs scored and a career-high 91 RBI. He also had 24 steals, the third straight season Desmond has been a member of the 20/20 club. Sep 28 - 4:31 PM

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Ian Desmond is not in the starting lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche, and Bryce Harper are also sitting for the nightcap. Danny Espinosa will fill in at shortstop.

Ian Desmond's sixth-inning two-run home run was all of the offense the Nationals needed to clinch the NL East division in a win against the Braves on Tuesday.

Desmond finished 2-for-4 with a double as well, but it was his two-run shot in the sixth inning off of Aaron Harang that broke a scoreless tie and helped send the Nationals to their second division title in three seasons. Desmond had been in a bit of an offensive funk, as he hadn't homered since August 29, but he's still sitting on 23 with 88 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and a .252/.308/.423 slash line.
Sep 16 - 9:54 PM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Nationals' 10-3 rout of the Mets on Saturday.

Desmond walked and scored in the second inning, reached on an infield single, stole a base, and scored a run in the fourth inning, smacked a two-run single and stole another base in the fifth inning, and then capped off his night with an RBI double in the eighth. He's hitting just .250/.307/.415 this season but boasts 22 homers and 21 steals. It's his third consecutive 20/20 campaign.
Sep 13 - 11:18 PM

Ian Desmond went 0-for-3 but did draw a walk in his return to action Thursday.

Desmond missed one game with lower back tightness, but he just sat out as a precaution. The shortstop should be fine moving forward.
Sep 12 - 5:55 AM

Ian Desmond (back) is not in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

Desmond had to exit Tuesday's contest with lower back tightness. He told manager Mike Williams that he was ready to go Wednesday, but with a day game on the docket the manager decided to hold him out. Desmond should return to action Thursday. Danny Espinosa is filling in at shortstop Wednesday.
Sep 10 - 12:36 PM

Ian Desmond left Tuesday's game versus the Braves with lower back tightness.

Desmond felt it during pre-game warm-ups and his beck never loosened up. While the shortstop thinks he'll play Wednesday, the Nats seem likely to play it safely and sit him with a day game on the schedule.
Sep 9 - 10:26 PM

Ian Desmond left Tuesday's game versus the Braves with an apparent injury.

Desmond didn't suffer any obvious injury, but he was replaced at shortstop by Danny Espinosa after five innings. The Nationals should update his status shortly.
Sep 9 - 8:55 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

Desmond got to Phillies ace Cole Hamels for both doubles, giving him 21 doubles on the season. It was the first multi-hit game in over a week for Desmond, whose line is down to .248/.304/.417. A streaky hitter, perhaps Sunday was the start of an upswing for the 28-year-old.
Sep 7 - 5:25 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a solo home run against the Mariners in Friday's win.

Desmond went deep off of Felix Hernandez in the fourth inning, one of four the Cy Young candidate allowed on the evening. Desmond has 22 homers on the season along with 81 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and a .253/.310/.430 slash line.
Aug 30 - 1:25 AM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Desmond hit a solo shot, his 21st home run of the season, in the sixth inning. He's got 56 runs scored and 79 RBI -- fifth-most in the National League -- after Sunday's game. The shortstop is batting .247/.306/.423 on the year.
Aug 24 - 6:42 PM

Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

It's just a routine day of rest. Danny Espinosa is starting at shortstop and Asdrubal Cabrera is at second.
Aug 21 - 12:39 PM

Ian Desmond had three singles and four RBI against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Desmond is getting about as many chances to drive in runs as anyone in the majors, and he's taking advantage, with 77 RBI through 122 games. His career high is 80, established last year. Overall, he's not hitting as well this year as he did either of the last two years -- his average currently stands at .251 after seasons of .292 and .280 -- but he's been an awfully valuable fantasy shortstop, particularly since he's the one that's managed to stay healthy.
Aug 19 - 10:30 PM

Ian Desmond hit his 20th home run of the season in the Nationals' 7-1 win over the Mets on Tuesday.

Desmond chased Rafael Montero from the game when he lifted a two-run home run out to left field. Desmond joins the 20-homer club for the third consecutive season. Overall, though, his numbers this season are a step behind those of the past two seasons. He has a .244/.298/.428 line with 72 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Aug 12 - 10:59 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Ian Desmond and Gio Gonzalez both cleared revocable waivers.

It's a little surprising that both players passed through unclaimed, but it's not like the contending Nationals are interested in dealing either of them. For what it's worth, both Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper were claimed before being pulled back by Washington. It's standard practice for teams to put most of their players on revocable waivers in August, so this ultimately isn't a big deal.

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Adam LaRoche
2Tyler Moore
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Danny Espinosa
3Jeff Kobernus
SS1Ian Desmond
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Anthony Rendon
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
4Steven Souza
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Hill
7Taylor Jordan
8Matt Purke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Tyler Clippard
3Rafael Soriano
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Matt Thornton
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Erik Davis
10Xavier Cedeno
11Aaron Barrett
12Blake Treinen