Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 day ago

Desmond went 3-for-5 Saturday, but also booted a couple of balls on defense and was charged with his eighth error in 12 games.

Most of his fantasy owners won't care about his defensive issues, and the Nats' infield is banged up enough at the moment that Desmond isn't going to come out of the lineup as a result, but once Yunel Escobar (groin) and Anthony Rendon (knee) get healthy, Desmond may start to lose playing time if he can't get his glovework straightened out.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 day ago

Desmond went 3-for-4 Friday with two runs scored.

His bat has come to life, and Desmond has gone 8-for-16 over his last four games to boost his slash line on the young season to .262/.326/.405, but he also committed his seventh error in 11 games on Friday. Yunel Escobar is now dealing with a minor groin strain, however, so Desmond isn't likely to get a day off to clear the defensive miscues out of his head any time soon.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 4 days ago

Desmond socked his first homer of the year and drew a walk Wednesday in a win over the Red Sox.

He had a cold start to the year, but Desmond's been coming around over the last couple games, having collected three hits Tuesday. And, hey, no errors Wednesday! There's no reason to think he won't be a top-five fantasy shortstop.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 4 days ago

Desmond went 3-for-4 Tuesday with a double, a run scored and two RBI, but also committed his sixth error in eight games.

He's been a one man blooper reel to begin the season and is hitting just .200 (6-for-30), but at some point Desmond will get his head straight both in the field and at the plate. His owners just need to be patient.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 week ago

Desmond hit 2-for-10 with two doubles in the Nationals' opening series against the Mets.

Desmond's three errors in three games are worrisome, but those hold little bearing in fantasy. The Nationals have stuck with Desmond for years and they won't bench him because of some early defensive problems. He also hit against a strong stretch of the Mets rotation (Colon, deGrom, Harvey), the Phillies should be more hitter-friendly.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond has struggled a bit at the plate so far this spring, hitting .269/.310/.423 with 10 strikeouts in 26 at-bats.

There's still plenty of time for Desmond to find his timing, so there's no reason to drop him down on your cheat sheets. The shortstop still figures to be one of the elite options at the position this season.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 5 months ago

Desmond turned down a seven-year, $107 million contract extension last offseason, the Washington Post reports.

He'll be a free agent after 2015, and the Nats will make re-signing Desmond one of their top priorities, but given the market for slugging shortstops you can hardly blame him for thinking he could do significantly better than that amount.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 5 months ago

Desmond won his third straight NL Silver Slugger award on Thursday.

His batting average dropped this season to .255, but Desmond still racked up his third straight 20 HR-20 SB season and set a career high with 91 RBI. He'll be eligible from free agency after 2015, assuming he doesn't sign an extension with the Nationals, so don't look for Desmond to slack off next season.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 6 months ago

Nationals manager Matt Williams said "there's a chance" Desmond could miss a game during the NLDS or the postseason to be with his pregnant wife, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.

Desmond will man short and bat fifth, as per usual, in Saturday's Game 2, but his wife is due soon, so he could end up missing a game at some point. If so, the Nats would presumably just shift Asdrubal Cabrera to short, with Danny Espinosa or perhaps Anthony Rendon stepping in at second.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 7 months ago

Desmond is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the Nationals' doubleheader Friday.

Desmond played in the first game of the doubleheader as he did in yesterday's doubleheader but will sit for Game 2. Danny Espinosa will get the start at short and will bat seventh for the Nationals.