Ian Desmond out of All-Star Game

Updated: July 7, 2012, 7:58 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been scratched from the All-Star Game because of an abdominal injury.

The decision was made Saturday after Desmond consulted with team doctors, management and National League manager Tony La Russa.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Bourn will replace Desmond on the NL roster.

Desmond has been dealing with an oblique injury since mid-June. He has missed only one game this season, and having time off during the All-Star break should help the healing process.

Desmond is hitting .282 after going 2 for 3 with his 16th home run in Saturday's game against Colorado.

He was added to the All-Star team by La Russa. It was the first time Desmond was selected to play in the All-Star Game.

Bourn had lost to David Freese in online voting for one of the final spots. He made the NL All-Star team for the second time. He entered Saturday's game at Philadelphia with a .305 batting average, seven homers, 32 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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