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Nationals activate SS Ian Desmond

Updated: August 17, 2012, 4:45 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals activated All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Cesar Izturis for assignment.

Desmond, out since July 22, missed the last 25 games with a left oblique strain. In 89 games this season, the 26-year-old is batting .286 with 17 home runs, 53 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He ranked among the National League leaders in total bases, extra-base hits, doubles and homers when he initially was placed on the DL. He was ...

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