WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: Ian Desmond #20 of the Washington Nationals tries to catch a single in the eleventh inning by Paul Janish #4 (not pictured) of the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on July 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. Atlanta won the game 11-10. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Manager Davey Johnson said after Sunday's 9-2 win over the Atlanta Braves that a MRI revealed the tear. Desmond did not play Sunday because of the injury, which flared up on him during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
According to Johnson, Desmond will rest the injury for two weeks before testing it again. Appropriate actions -- perhaps a longer DL sitnt or surgery -- will then be taken based on the healing process.
Desmond's oblique has been nagging him throughout much of the season, even causing him to miss the All-Star Game after earning his first-career nomination. Through 89 games, Desmond is Washington's leader in home runs (17) and batting average (.286) and second in RBIs (53).
The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore recently reported that Corey Brown will be Desmond's replacement on the roster.
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