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20 Ian Desmond SS
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 9/20/1985 | Birthplace: Sarasota, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/95 | Average Draft Position: 73.64
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Ian Desmond rips five hits in win over Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond cranked out five hits in his team's 7-2 win over the Rockies in Coors Field on Monday.

Desmond singled in the second, launched a two-run home run in the fourth, and singled again in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings, respectively. He finished 5 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Desmond has a hit in each of his last eight games. He owns a .253/.302/.445 slash line with 17 homers and 62 RBI in 371 at-bats this season.


Ian Desmond returns to lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Desmond left Thursday's game with a hand injury after being hit by a pitch and wasn't able to play Friday, but it appears he's good to go moving forward. He has hit .241/.293/.429 with 16 home runs, 55 RBI and nine stolen bases in 345 at-bats.


Nationals hope to have Ian Desmond back Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond could return to action Saturday.

Manager Matt Williams said Desmond's hand is a little sore, but the club expects quick improvement. He added that he's hopeful Desmond will return to the lineup Saturday. Desmond is hitting .241/.293/.429 over 345 at-bats. 


Ian Desmond out of the lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Though X-rays came back negative, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is still out of the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Phillies.

Desmond suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch Thursday and had to leave the game. He remains day to day moving forward. 


X-rays come back negative on Ian Desmond's hand


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Hand X-rays came back negative on Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

Desmond was removed from Thursday's game after being hit with a pitch. He attempted to remain in the game, but was taken out when a practice throw sailed on him while warming up to take the field. It's unclear how much time Desmond will miss due to the issue.


Ian Desmond exits game with hand injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was forced out of Thursday's game against the Orioles with a hand injury.

Desmond was hit by a pitch in the hand in the eighth inning, tried to stay in the game, but left after taking warmups at short. He was replaced by Danny Espinosa.

Desmond finished 1 for 3 with an RBI double in the sixth inning. He owns a .241/.293/.429 slash line with 16 homers and 55 RBI in 345 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener at Philadelphia.

Report: Nationals looking for long-term Ian Desmond replacement


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) The Nationals are actively seeking a young shortstop to possibly serve as a successor to Ian Desmond, FOXSports.com reports Tuesday.

The Nationals are possibly planning for life after their All-Star shortstop, who rejected a long-term deal last offseason that reportedly could have been worth up to $98 million over seven years. Desmond instead settled for a two-year deal worth $17.5 million that will make him a free agent after the 2015 season, and the Nationals could be looking for his replacement for that time. 

Desmond has 15 home runs and ranks sixth in the National League in RBI with 53, but has seen his average dip to a career-low .240 mark.  


Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth might get day off on road trip


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams said following Sunday's game against the Braves that shortstop Ian Desmond and outfielder Jayson Werth could use a day off during the team's upcoming road trip, which starts Monday at Milwaukee, per MLB.com.

Werth is batting .216 in June and is mired in a 4-for-37 slump in his last 10 games, while Desmond is batting .233 in June and is mired in a 6-for-34 slump.

"It’s a long road trip, a very tough couple of games against the Astros and all the expectations of this series [against the Braves]. Guys get mentally tired. So to answer your question, [Desmond] needs a day," Williams said. "We need to look long and hard about Jayson. We’ll spend a couple of hours on the plane talking about that one."


Ian Desmond on pace for career highs in HR, RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is on pace to hit 31 home runs and finish with 108 RBI, which would be career highs for the 28-year-old infielder. 

"I think it's probably just maturing as a hitter and understanding the pitchers more -- being more of a veteran knowing how guys are pitching him, what they're trying to do, understanding himself more as a hitter," Washington hitting coach Rick Schu said, per MLB.com. "He'll hit for power. I see him hitting for average. He strikes out a little bit too much right now. I think he has the ability to be a guy who can hit for average, drive in runs, hit homers -- be a total package. It's just a matter of him maturing. He's going to play in the big leagues for a long time, so he's only going to get better."


Ian Desmond drives in five runs in win vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 5 with a double and five RBI in his team's 9-2 win over the Giants Monday.

Desmond has been heating up in June, and he managed to drive in four runs in his previous two games before racking up a season-high five RBI Monday. He's up to .238/.305/.455 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 235 at-bats.


Ian Desmond hits 12th home run Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit his 12th home run Saturday against the Padres.

Desmond stepped to the plate with his team down one run in the seventh inning. With a man on second, Desmond was able to give his team the lead with one swing of the bat. He crushed an 88 mph slider out to center, giving the Nationals the 3-2 lead. Desmond finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.


Ian Desmond taking a seat for Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Struggling Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is out of the lineup for the Thursday game against visiting Philadelphia. Kevin Frandsen is set to start instead.

Desmond has just two hits in his last 23 at-bats as his average has dropped to .225. His 66 strikeouts in 218 at-bats is a concern. Desmond is on pace for 180 strikeouts this season, which would shatter his career-high of 145 set last year.


Ian Desmond belts 10th home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond clubbed his 10th home run Friday against the Rangers.

Desmond struck with two men on in the fourth. On the second pitch of his at-bat, Desmond connected with a 91 mph fastball, sending out to center for the three-run shot. It was Desmond's only hit of the game. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Ian Desmond clubs seventh homer


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit his seventh homer, a solo shot, in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Mets. Desmond finished 2 for 4 to up his average to .235/.285/.404.

After a brutal start, Desmond has seven RBI in the past five games and 25 this season.


Workhorse Ian Desmond coming around at the plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who has played in all 40 games this season, has emerged from a slump that included a four-game hitless stretch and lowered his batting average from .234 to .214. He has five hits during a current four-game hitting streak.

Desmond is still seeking the consistency and production that marked his 2012 and 2013 seasons. He is about 60 points down in each stat line category this season. His two-hit game Thursday was his first since April 26.


Ian Desmond pounds out three hits again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is on a mini-roll. He achieved his second straight three-hit game Saturday against San Diego. He has raised his batting average to .242, the highest it has been in two weeks.

Desmond doubled in a run in the first against Padres ace Andrew Cashner and added two singles.


Ian Desmond homers, commits two errors Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1 for 4 with a home run but also committed two errors in his team's 4-2 loss to the Angels Monday.

Both errors came during the course of a four-run Angels third that ultimately decided the outcome of the game, despite Desmond hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning. He has hit .234/.268/.416 with four homers and 13 RBI in 77 at-bats. He's also committed nine errors and posted a 28:4 K:BB ratio.


Ian Desmond owns up to defensive mistakes


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is owning up to his early defensive mistakes, according to The Washington Post

Desmond has already made seven errors in 17 games, but believes he can right the ship. "If I ever want to be the captain of this team – and I do – I have to be better than that," Desmond said. "I’ve been in some dark places defensively, and this is right there with them."

Desmond had similar issues early last season, but was able to rebound the rest of the season. He admitted that he's struggled defensively since spring training, and was routinely taking extra ground balls in order to get in a rhythm. 

Desmond is hitting .226 in 62 at-bats.


Ian Desmond breaks game open with late-inning grand slam


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond came up big again on Thursday, breaking the game open with a grand slam in his team's 7-1 home victory over the Marlins.

Desmond took reliever Arquimedes Caminero yard for a grand slam in the eighth inning, his third home run of the season. He also added a single and finished the game 2 for 4 with a run scored and four RBI. He is hitting .257 (9 for 35) with three homers and eight RBI in nine games.

Ian Desmond hits game-winning home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond came through in the clutch Sunday against the Braves.

With the game tied 1-1, Desmond homered on the first pitch he saw from Alex Wood in the bottom of the seventh inning. Prior to that at-bat, Wood had forced Desmond to ground out twice. It was Desmond's second home run of the season.

Desmond finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.


Ian Desmond goes hitless in return to lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond returned from a finger injury and illness to start Sunday's spring game against the Tigers. He went 0 for 3, lowering his spring batting average from .286 to .250.

Ian Desmond set to play again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Matt Williams has reported that Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has recovered from a finger injury and illness and will return to the lineup Sunday, per the Washington Post.

Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper feeling better Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Nationals infielder Ian Desmond and outfielder Bryce Harper are feeling better Friday, according to The Washington Post.

Both players have been dealing with the flu in recent days. Desmond was sent home Thursday due to the illness. He's also been dealing with a finger injury, which has also improved. Both players should be able to get back into games shortly.


Illness follows injury for Ian Desmond


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has not had a pleasant last two days. He cut his pinkie finger during warmups on Wednesday and was sent home sick on Thursday. The finger injury would have precluded him from playing the exhibition game against the Mets anyway.

The Nationals hope the setback doesn't slow his momentum. Desmond is batting .286 in spring training and is tied for the team lead in home runs with two.


Cut to finger costs Ian Desmond lineup spot Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was replaced in the lineup by Jamey Carroll for the exhibition clash against Houston on Wednesday. The reason for the switch was a cut pinkie finger sustained during pregame warmups. He will be out for a few days.