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Desmond swinging bat again

Aug 11, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

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Ian Desmond has been making progress in his recovery from an oblique tear.

PHOENIX — Ian Desmond took about 20 swings in the batting cage this evening, the first time the Nationals shortstop has been cleared to do that since landing on the disabled list with a torn left oblique muscle on July 23.

Desmond has been taking grounders and playing catch since Monday, but tonight ramped up his baseball activities to include batting practice, moving him a step closer to returning to the Nationals lineup.

That full return still won’t happen for a while, likely not until early September, though manager Davey Johnson doesn’t intend to hold Desmond back.

“When that man’s ready, I want him back,” Johnson said.
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  1. Oldguy - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Braves beating up Santana. 6-0 in second.

  2. MicheleS - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Get Healthy Ian!

  3. pRAA is the obloquy troll and a pencil head - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    He'll be back just in time for the last leg of the relay.

  4. ehay2k - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Quick, someone tweet DeRosa to give Desi a lighter bat!

  5. SonnyG10 - Aug 12, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Boy, do I want him back, but only if he's ready. Want him to be able to finish the year. What an awesome lineup we'll have with Ian back in it.

  6. natsfan1a - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Yeah, baby!

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