January 22, 2022

Washington Nationals send Ian Desmond to D.L., recall OF Corey Brown

Ian Desmond will miss up to a month with strained oblique. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Washington Nationals placed All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond on the 15-day D.L. with a tear in his left oblique and recalled Corey Brown from Triple-A Syracuse. Desmond, 26, is enjoying his career year with the Nats, but could miss up to a month recovering and rehabbing the strained muscle in his side. He’s been playing with the injury for several months, but after playing both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday, the injury was just too much to overcome and the team will shut him down.

With Desmond sidelined, and Brown recalled, Danny Espinosa will take over at shortstop and Steve Lombardozzi will play full-time at second base, leaving the Nats without a true middle infielder to back up either player. Mark DeRosa played two games at second in 2011 with San Francisco, seven games in 2010 and two games in ’09 with St. Louis.

Brown, acquired with Henry Rodriguez from Oakland for Josh Willingham, is also enjoying his career year, albeit in the minor leagues for the most part. This is the left-handed hitting outfielder’s second stint with the Nats this season, having appeared in six games earlier in the year. Brown ranks third in the International League with 21 home runs this season. He can play all three outfield positions, but the 26-year old profiles best in left field.

The Nats start a three-game series with the New York Mets Monday night at Citifield,

Press release:

The Washington Nationals today recalled outfielder Corey Brown from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and placed shortstop Ian Desmond on the 15-Day Disabled List (retroactive to July 22) with a left oblique strain. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Brown batted .300 with 19 doubles, seven triples, 21 home runs and 58 RBI in 95 games this season with Syracuse. The 26-year-old ranks among International League leaders in runs (70, first), total bases (207, first), triples (2nd), slugging percentage (.559, 2nd), extra-base hits (47, tied for 2nd), hits (111, 3rd), home runs (tied for 3rd), RBI (7th), 49 walks (tied for 7th) and batting average (8th).

This marks Brown’s second stint with Washington in 2012. He has appeared in six games during parts of two seasons (2011-12) with the Nationals.

Desmond, 26, is batting .286 with 24 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, 53 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 51 runs in 89 games this season with Washington. The All-Star shortstop ranks among National League leaders in total bases (183, tied for 7th), extra-base hits (43, tied for 8th), doubles (tied for 9th), multi-hit games (31, tied for 9th) and homers (tied for 10th).

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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