Ian Desmond will sit out Saturday with a strained left quadriceps muscle suffered during Friday’s 6-5 loss to the Marlins, Manager Jim Riggleman said. The Nationals will re-evaluate Desmond in the morning, but Desmond felt confident late Friday night he will not miss significant time.

“It was earlier in the game where it kind of got me, and then it just kept on not really getting worse, but it was there,” Desmond said. “I’ve never had anything like this before so I didn’t want to – I knew my body was telling me I was to the point where it didn’t want me to push it anymore. I just backed off, I should be all right.”

In the ninth inning, Riggleman had to check with Desmond to make sure his leg felt strong enough to take second base on a steal with no resistance from the Marlins’ defense. (The Marlins were going to pitch around Jayson Werth, anyway, and the Nationals wanted to take the force at second base out of play in case they missed with a pitch.) In the 11th, Desmond shuffled to his left to make a play but pulled up before diving and skipping on his right foot.

Desmond has played splendid defense lately, having made one error in his last 15 games. He is .221/.248/.368 this season.