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Desmond improving, but no timetable for return

Desmond improving, but no timetable for return

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Desmond improving, but no timetable for return
WASHINGTON -- There is still no timetable as to when Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will return to action. Desmond has been on the disabled list since July 23 because of a left oblique strain.

Desmond is getting better and has been able to shag fly balls in the outfield as recently as Thursday without any problems. Off the field, Desmond no longer has pain when he sneezes or coughs. He also has been able to exercise in the swimming pool and with a medicine ball. He doesn't have any problems jumping rope or doing light jogging.

"The way I feel now, I feel great, but trying to pick up a bat and things like that, I don't know for sure," Desmond said. "I'm definitely optimistic how things are going to go."

The Nationals go on a 10-game road trip after this series with the Marlins, and Desmond will be traveling with the team.

"Everything I do, I can do on the road," Desmond said. "I would like to be with the team and keep my mind sharp, stay in the big league game. I would be nice to stay with the big league team and stay with the pace of the game."

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