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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.

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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.

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Desmond is not in the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

After going 1-for-2 with an RBI in the matinee, Desmond will get the nightcap off. Danny Espinosa will slide over to shortstop, while Asdrubal Cabrera enters the lineup at second base.

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Desmond is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

Desmond has been a staple at shortstop for the Nationals this season, starting 149 of their 154 games up to this point. With the team having already clinched their playoff spot, however, Desmond will give way to Danny Espinosa in what looks to be a regular day of rest. Manager Matt Williams also elected to give regulars Denard Span and Jayson Werth a day off for the Sunday afternoon tilt.

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Desmond is not in the lineup Wednesday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

The Nationals regulars are all getting the day off after clinching a playoff berth Tuesday, and probably celebrating into the night. Danny Espinosa will start at shortstop Wednesday, and Desmond should be back in the lineup in short order.

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Desmond went 2-for-4 Tuesday with a double, two runs scored, two RBI and his 23rd home run of the season.

The home run is his first since the end of August, but over his last 10 games Desmond is hitting .333 (13-for-39) with seven RBI and nine runs scored.

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Desmond (back) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets.

As expected, Desmond will return for the opener against the Mets after missing the finale against Atlanta with a lower-back issue. The 28-year-old Desmond is 4-for-9 with two homers in his career against Thursday's starter Bartolo Colon.

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Manager Matt Williams expects Desmond (back) to return to the lineup on Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

The power-hitting shortstop will be a key part of the Nationals' offense and defense as they try to lock up the NL East title over the next few weeks, so it's reassuring to see that his back issue isn't serious.

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Desmond (bacK) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.

Desmond was forced out of Tuesday's game because of lower back tightness, and will miss Wednesday's game as well. The injury is not believed to be serious, so he should be considered day-to-day at this point unless the team releases something that suggests otherwise. Danny Espinosa will start at shortstop Wednesday and bat seventh for the Nationals.

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Desmond left Tuesday's game with lower-back tightness, and it is not believed to be serious, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

It doesn't sound like Desmond will miss much time with the ailing back, but if he does, look for Danny Espinosa to fill in for him at shortstop. Consider the Nationals' starting shortstop day-to-day for now.