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NATIONALS: Injury Concern Forces Ian Desmond From All-Star Game

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

WASHINGTON – Despite being selected to play in the All-Star Game for the first time, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will skip the trip to Kansas City over concerns about a sore oblique, the team announced Saturday.

Desmond, 26, has been the Nationals’ most consistent hitter this season, entering Saturday’s game against Colorado batting .279 with a career-high 15 home runs, 48 RBI and 44 runs, as well as a .311 on-base percentage and .496 slugging percentage. His 16th home run came in the second inning Saturday against the Rockies.

The shortstop began dealing with the injury in mid-June, but is yet to miss a game because of it. His fear is that coming off the bench for the All-Star Game, which takes place Tuesday, could create additional issues.

Pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg would have joined Desmond, who was selected by manager Tony LaRussa as a reserve, in representing the National League at Kauffman Stadium. Instead, Atlanta’s Michael Bourn will make the trip.


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