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Desmond likely out a month with oblique injury

Updated: July 23, 2012, 12:51 PM ET
By Stephania Bell

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond tried valiantly to play through the oblique injury he suffered over a month ago and was, arguably, effective in the presence of the ailment. Even after the brief respite provided by the All-Star break (Desmond opted not to participate despite being selected), it seemed that while he continued to deliver offensively, the injury simply was not improving.

Last week, Desmond was given a rare day off to rest after he acknowledged cutting short ...

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