Washington D. C., USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond prior to the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
The Nats shortstop had an oblique strain that put him out for almost a month, but now he's back.
As Desmond and hitting coach Rick Eckstein came back into the clubhouse after Tuesday’s session, they walked into Johnson’s office and Desmond told him, "I’m hurt." In a season in which the Nationals seem to have dealt with a new injury to a key player every day, Johnson feared the worst.
"How bad is it?" he asked his All-Star shortstop.
"My ears are hurting so bad from that loud sound coming off my bat," Desmond said, his manager realizing the joke they’d gotten over on him.
The Nats can afford to joke around, being in first place and all, and Friday they'll have Desmond back:
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When he went down, Desmond was having a fine season, hitting .286/.322/.503 with 17 home runs in 89 games.