Updating from earlier, Ian Desmond took his first swings since he went on the disabled list with a strained left oblique Saturday afternoon, swatting about 30 short tosses in the batting cage. Desmond felt no pain during the session. “He felt fine,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “He hit the ball pretty good, and he had no discomfort.”
Desmond will await word from the Nationals’ training staff on what comes. The Nationals expected Desmond to miss five weeks when he went on the disabled list July 22.
“We’re just kind of taking it day by day,” Desmond said. “We have the plan laid out. They haven’t really given it to me. Every day is probably just a little bit more, I’d imagine.
“If you know me, it’s going to be hard to not push it. But I got to be smart. At the same, I got to go out and play. You can’t go out there and try to guard against injury. Depending on how it feels, we’ll see.”