Saturday, July 7, 2012
Ian Desmond out of All-Star Game
“It’s definitely a tough decision. It’s one that we spent quite a few days kind of mulling over. But in the end I think it’s best for the team and best for myself to take the rest,” Desmond said. “I would hate to be two, three weeks down the road and something happened and I didn’t take the four days to rest my body and put the team first.”
Desmond has been dealing with the injury for several weeks and will take the days off to rest. He said he hasn’t received shots or any real medical treatment for the injury, that he thinks it just needs time to heal.
“I feel like I know my body pretty well. If I didn’t think that the four days rest would help I wouldn’t do it. I would just go and play and take a chance. But it’s to the point now where I feel like if I go and rest, come back, I think it’ll be okay,” he said.
Desmond earned the honors after breaking out as one of the Nationals' most productive hitters. In 81 games this season Desmond has a .283 average, 16 home runs, and 49 RBI. He has not missed any time due to the injury and is not expected to go on the disabled list. He played in Saturday's game and hit a home run to opposite field in his first at-bat.
His numbers don’t suggest a player that isn’t 100 percent. He is on pace to shatter career highs and franchise records for a shortstop. Still, Desmond knows something is wrong and wants to see if a few days off will work.
“By no means is this an injury where I’m at home and I’m crippled by any means. But you sneeze, you cough, I’m holding my kid. Things like that I feel it and I think in the second half it’d be nice to be going into the second half knowing that my body is 100 percent healthy, that I can give it all I’ve got for my team and we can make a run at this thing,” he said.
Desmond said he thought about going to Kansas City anyways to hang out, but eventually decided against going out there.
“I’m just going to go back to Sarasota and rest my body. I think going to the All-Star game and hanging that piece of steak in front of your face and not being able to eat it just would add insult to injury.”
Posted by Chase Hughes at 5:33 PM