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.
While Desmond is out of the Nationals lineup, Danny Espinosa will play shortstop and Steve Lombardozzi will take over as the starter at second base. Espinosa made his sixth start of the season at shortstop Sunday, and he came up through the minors primarily playing that position, so Washington should be fine defensively. Mark DeRosa will be the primary backup middle infielder. He hasn’t played either position a single time this season.
In other fantasy news…..
- Carlos Quentin was expected to be one of the biggest bats moved at the trade deadline. Instead, the Padres signed him to a three-year extension that includes a mutual option for a fourth year. The Padres are also hoping to sign Mark Kotsay and Huston Street to long-term deals.
- Erick Aybar is dealing with a contusion on his right big toe, and the Angels are discussing the possibility of placing him on the disabled list. Aybar did not start Sunday against the Rangers after leaving Saturday’s game with the injury.
- Coco Crisp went 3-for-4 with a run scored to spark the A’s in a 4-3 win over the Yankees. It was Crisp’s fifth multi-hit game in 10 games during the month of July.
- Many thought when Matt Garza left Saturday’s game against the Cardinals that he had been traded. However, it turns out Garza was dealing with a triceps injury. It appears that he’s already feeling better and might not even miss a start.
- Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI to help lead the Nationals past the Braves on Sunday. He has hit safely in six straight and nine of his last 10 games.
- Jason Kubel went 3-for-5 with three home runs and six RBI in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Astros on Saturday. On Sunday, he followed up that performance with another home run as part of another 3-for-5 effort.
- Jim Johnson joined the 30 save club on Sunday as the Orioles won their fifth straight and remain right in the thick of the American League Wild Card race.
- Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs on Sunday to join the 300 home run club.
- Adrian Gonzalez homered Sunday for the third time and is hitting .438 in eight games since the All-Star break.