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Desmond's Hand Injury

Washington shortstop Ian Desmond missed out on a full season in 2008 because of a stress fracture in his left hamate bone. Desmond, with Class AA Harrisburg at the time, had surgery in June. The 23-year-old, now on Washington's 40-man roster, arrived in spring training this year feeling no pain.

But the results of his routine physical indicated what one team official today described as an "abnormal finding." In other words: Desmond's hand still shows the sign of a stress fracture.

"It either didn't heal correctly or it came back," Desmond said.

On Monday, Desmond will fly to Baltimore to see hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham, who will determine the next step. The previous surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Barth.

Before leaving for the consultation, Desmond will be able to fully participate in Washington's workouts.

By Chico Harlan  |  February 19, 2009; 3:23 PM ET
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Chico, thanks for the minor league updates. It's a shame if Desmond loses any more development time. He was never as good as some in the organization led us to believe (the next Derek Jeter, IIRC) but I still hold out hope he could turn into a solid utility infielder.

Posted by: Brian_ | February 19, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Brutal - between this and the PTBNL fiasco, we're even thinner in the middle infield. After Strasburg and whoever is the best physical talent at 9A, that critical systemic weakness has got to at least be playing in the back of the mind of whoever's GM at that point.

Posted by: faNATic | February 19, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Hi, sorry, this has nothing to do with the post. I was just checking out the left column with the blog lnks and other baseball resources - I hadn't noticed it yet. Looks good! It was a great idea. Thanks for implementing.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | February 19, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes, those links are nice.

But seriously, how are people not calling it the "Natmosphere"? One more letter, and you get a much better word.

Posted by: Scooter_ | February 19, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The GM for the draft will be Bowden.

After all the things he's done that have warranted a pink slip, does anyone believe this is what will push him over the edge? The man is made of Teflon. The dirt (not my first choice of words but there is a filter...) just slides off him and onto the fans.

Posted by: soundbloke | February 19, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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