DENVER -- Among National League shortstops, Ian Desmond entered play Thursday first in extra-base hits (35), second in homers (12), and tied for second in hits (84) and RBIs (39). But with Thursday being the last day for fans to cast their vote for the 2012 All-Star Game, Desmond wasn't even a top-five vote-getter for shortstops when the totals were last announced. It doesn't seem to bothering the 26-year-old too much, though. "What can you do?" Desmond said Thursday morning.
In front of Desmond are Rafael Furcal, Troy Tulowitzki, Starlin Castro, Jimmy Rollins and Brandon Crawford. Desmond could still be selected by NL manager Tony La Russa, who earlier this season said how much he liked the Nats' young shortstop. "I don't know any shortstops I'd trade for him, but it's not my call," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. The 12 home runs Desmond had hit this season entering play Thursaday were already a career high. He hit 10 in 2010, his first full season in the big leagues.