The Nationals tried to keep Ian Desmond from being placed on the disabled list as he struggled through an oblique injury. Ultimately, that did not work and Desmond will be placed on the 15-day disabled list . An MRI revealed a torn left oblique muscle, an injury that has finally sent the All-Star shortstop to the disabled list. Desmond is expected to miss a large amount of time with the injury, as he will be rested for a full two weeks before the team re-evaluates him. It’s a big blow for the offensively-challenged Nationals and there is no timetable on when he’ll come back. A return in late August is probably the best-case scenario.
The Nationals continue to say that Stephen Strasburg will be shut down at some point this season. It’s really just a matter of when. There have been alot of “experts” assuming that the Nats will likely limit him to around 160 innings, similar to what they did with Jordan Zimmerman last year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said “they have no set number in mind” and “it will be the eye test”. Rizzo went on to say that it be him and him alone that makes the decision. Strasburg, who turns 24 on Friday, underwent Tommy John surgery in September of 2010. He has an excellent 2.66 ERA this season and does not appear to be wearing down at this point in the season.