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Ian Desmond will miss at least a month, possibly more, with a torn oblique muscle.
The Nationals have survived, and even thrived, all season despite a never-ending string of injuries to key players. In only 3 1/2 months, they've seen their projected Opening Day catcher, third baseman, left fielder, center fielder, right fielder, utilityman, top pinch-hitter, closer and three backup catchers spend time on the disabled list.
The latest addition to that list -- Ian Desmond -- may be the toughest to replace of them all.
Desmond will be placed on the 15-day DL with a torn left oblique muscle, manager Davey Johnson announced following today's 9-2 victory over the Braves. There's no official timetable for the All-Star shortstop's return, but injuries of this nature typically take at least a month, often two, to fully heal.
"I know a lot of clubs have been hit," Johnson said. "But we've been lambasted with injuries to key people. ... Seems like we've had to change roles: bullpen, offensive configuration. Been a rough year in that regard."