Nationals Shortstop Ian Desmond To 15-Day DL With Oblique Tear

The Washington Nationals will place shortstop Ian Desmond on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique tear, according to reports from Nationals Park.

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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