Desmond to return to Nationals on Thursday

Desmond to return to Nationals on Thursday

WASHINGTON -- Ian Desmond, on the paternity leave list following the birth of his son on Tuesday, is coming back to the Nationals on Thursday.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said that Desmond will return to Washington for Thursday's game with the Mets. Desmond's wife, Chelsey, gave birth to Grayson Wesley Desmond in Sarasota.

"Ian will be here tomorrow," Riggleman said. "He will be in the lineup tomorrow."

Riggleman also said that he likes the paternity leave rule, which gives players three days to be with their families. He said players should be with their families, but it also lets teams bring players up to avoid being short-handed for a few days.

"In the past, guys would go home, and sometimes it might turn into 3-4 days," Riggleman said. "That player needs to be there with his wife, but the club is a man short."