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Ian Desmond gets some rest

Shortstop Ian Desmond is fine physically and sitting out tonight because Manager Jim Riggleman wanted to give him a day off, perhaps Desmond's last one this year. "Just a day to set him back," Riggleman said. "He plays hard every day. He kind of wears himself down to the nub with his energy that he plays with. He's doing fine."

Danny Espinosa will play shortstop as Desmond sits. Espinosa, a college shortstop, has experience and the skills - strong arm, good range - to play shortstop. But Riggleman shot down any notion of Desmond and Espinosa potentially swapping positions at any point in the future. "No chance," he said.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 20, 2010; 5:12 PM ET
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Yeah, Riggs, "No chance!" Why the hell would we want a guy who can field his position to play short for us???

Posted by: mrcart | September 20, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I can only hope Riggleman's comment is targeted for public consumption. For, I haven't seen anything from Espinosa that should not incline the Nationals Management to consider him at short in the future. In my opinion, the jury is still out on whether Desmond can be a starting shortstop on a contending ball club.

Posted by: mgilham | September 21, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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