Nationals activate SS Ian Desmond from DL
The Washington Nationals activated All-Star shortstop Ian
Desmond from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder
Cesar Izturis for assignment.
Desmond, out since July 22, missed the last 25 games with a left
oblique strain. In 89 games this season, the 26-year-old is batting
.286 with 17 home runs, 53 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He ranked
among the National League leaders in total bases, extra-base hits,
doubles and homers when he was initially placed on the disabled
list. He was batting sixth Friday.
The 32-year-old Izturis, claimed off waivers from Milwaukee on
Aug. 6, went 2 for 4 in five games with Washington this season.
The Nationals, owners of the best record in baseball, open a
three-game series Friday against the New York Mets.