Ian Desmond's day off
Stuck in the first slump of his sometimes-spectacular rookie season, Ian Desmond will receive a day off tonight. Desmond is 2 for his last 24 with a double and a walk, which has lowered his on-base percentage for the season to .290. Manager Jim Riggleman believes Desmond's style can lead to him tiring and that one day off will help him recharge.
"He's just an electric-type player - hard, fast-twitch muscles," Riggleman said. "He's really going hard all the time. He's swinging hard. He's got a great determination about him. He's just going so hard that we'll give him a game here today to step back and watch one. He'll get back in there tomorrow."
Desmond's offensive slump has not affected his defense, which includes perhaps the best range of any shortstop in the major leagues. Desmond's rut at the plate may owe to the league learning his tendencies - "the more information the league gets on you, it travels," Riggleman said. The Nationals remain confident in Desmond.
"I couldn't be happier with the way he's played," Riggleman said. "He's just been a real pleasure, to watch him play and watch some leadership qualities develop out there with his teammates. He's going to be a real special player."
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