Latest Update Ian Desmond goes 5-for-5, hits 17th home run Tue Jul, 22, 06:44 AM
Possesses superb size for the shortstop spot and is a good athlete with a strong arm and excellent, raw power. Rangy and fast, he possesses all-around ability.
Flaws: : Needs more work on his discipline (both as a hitter and as a base-runner), since he strikes out way too much and doesn't draw nearly enough walks at the plate.
Desmond had himself a monster game on Monday night, and is now riding an eight-game hit streak that was started back on July 9. He is now slashing .253/.302/.445 with 17 home runs, 62 RBI and 10 stolen bases through 371 at-bats, but 114 strikeouts have him sitting on a 30.7 strikeout rate. Even with a lot of swing and misses, Desmond remains one of the top options at the shortstop as long as his power stroke holds up the rest of the way. Analyst: Matthew Beck
Desmond is back at short, hitting sixth and facing Cole Hamels, against whom he is just 7-for-38 in his career. Prolly not the ideal situation to come back, but having him in the lineup is the positive note we want to take away from this news.Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson
What is it with these thumb injuries? Luckily for Desmond, he is only battling a minor thumb issue, so he should be back in the lineup on Saturday. Assuming he makes it through the weekend without any setback, he will be able to rest it for the next several days in preparation for the second half.Analyst: David Kerr
Desmond was hit on the hand by Orioles reliever Darren O'Day late in the game and while x-rays were negative, he is still dealing with some swelling and will sit out Friday's game. Consider him day-to-day for now. Danny Espinosa will replace him at shortstop.Analyst: Howard Bender