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Desmond said the oblique soreness had not vanished, but the rest helped. “Your body needs more than four days,” Desmond said. “Definitely, I feel better than I would have.”

Tuesday night, Desmond watched as teammates Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper helped the National League to an 8-0 victory. (Well, Harper didn’t help that much, actually.) In the official record, Desmond is still regarded as an all-star, but he had a hard time watching a game he could have played in.

“It was tough,” Desmond said. “It was obviously nice that they won. That made it a little bit better. I saw Gio and Harper and Stras played well. It was good to see [Harper] there. He got tons of publicity. I think the Nationals were well-represented as far as putting the curly W out there.

“I wish I could have been out there with the guys,” Desmond added. “At the same time, I feel like I made the right decision.”

Desmond has perhaps been the Nationals’ most valuable player this season. Recently, playing through the oblique soreness, Desmond has produced the best offensive stretch of his career. Since June 8, Desmond is hitting .346/.386/.701 with nine homers in 107 at-bats. Desmond hit a home run in both games before the all-star break.

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