Nats SS Desmond scratched from All-Star game
The decision was made Saturday after Desmond consulted with team doctors, management and NL manager Tony La Russa.
Desmond has been dealing with an oblique injury since mid-June. He has missed only one game this season, and having time off during the All-Star break should help the healing process.
Desmond entered play Saturday with a .279 batting average. He hit his 16th home run in the second inning of Washington's game against Colorado.
He was added to the All-Star team by La Russa. It was the first time Desond was selected to play in the All-Star game.