Ian Desmond SS WAS 14 hours ago

Desmond is back in the starting lineup Friday against the Giants, James Wagner of The Washington Post reports.

The Nats are using Desmond as their No. 6 hitter for Friday's matchup against right-hander Jake Peavy. Aside from posting a disappointing line overall (.219/.263/.347), Desmond has struggled recently with a 15-for-97 (.155) stretch including a 3:35 BB:K over the last 30 days.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 2 days ago

Desmond is out of the lineup Thursday against the Braves, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

It continues to be a struggle at the plate for Desmond, going 0-for-8 in the last two contests with six strikeouts. He'll get a day off to clear his head Thursday, with Danny Espinosa shifting over to play shortstop.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 2 weeks ago

Desmond is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

Desmond will sit for a second time in four games, with his struggles showing no signs of letting up. He owns a .143/.167/.200 slash line in 70 June at-bats, with a 25:1 K:BB ratio and just two extra-base hits (one homer). Anthony Rendon, Yunel Escobar and Danny Espinosa all appear to be better options in the infield right now, but the Nationals likely still have some hope that Desmond can break out of his season-long slump.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 2 weeks ago

Desmond is out of the lineup for a second straight day for Saturday's game against the Pirates, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

This could be a bad sign for Desmond and his owners, as he's been moving backwards in the lineup for a while. If Desmond is getting rested while Danny Espinosa continues to start at shortstop, he could run out of chances to turn his contract year around.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 2 weeks ago

Desmond is out of the lineup Friday against the Pirates.

Desmond continues cpntinues to scuffle at the plate and in the field, currently owning just a .224/.269/.346 batting line this season. While there's no sign he's been removed from the role, he will get a day off Friday, and could see more in the future if he can't turn things around.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 3 weeks ago

Desmond is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Desmond will receive his first day off of the season Thursday. In his place, the Nats will shift Danny Espinosa over to shortstop, with Yunel Escobar staying at third base and Anthony Rendon playing second. He should return to the lineup as normal again Friday barring an injury of some sort.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond went 3-for-5 with two doubles in Wednesday's victory over the Cubs.

Wednesday's effort increased Desmond's hitting streak to 12 games, and raised his batting average for the month of May to a healthy .295. He has responded well since being bumped back up to the two spot in the order May 16, and he figures to remain there for the time being.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond went 2-for-5 Tuesday with a run scored, two RBI and his third home run of the season.

He's started to heat up along with the rest of the Nats' offense, hitting .364 (8-for-22) over his last five games. Desmond's slash line on the season is still a disappointing .244/.297/.369, but the streaky shortstop can improve on that in a hurry if he stays locked in.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 2 months ago

Desmond was 2-for-5 with a run scored and was caught stealing in the 4-1 win over the Padres on Saturday.

That makes for back-to-back two hit games for Desmond as he appears to be getting it going as of late. He was also moved up to the two-hole Saturday and if that becomes a regular occurrence his value will rise.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 2 months ago

Desmond went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Nats' win over Miami on Monday night.

The blast was Desmond's second of the season. He's struggled at the plate and in the field this season, but the long ball Monday was a big one as it put the Nats on top for good in the bottom of the eighth inning. Thanks to his slow start, Desmond is currently hitting seventh in the Washington lineup, but he should be able to move into a more prominent role if he heats up as Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman have also stuffed to this point.