Desmond's rehab keeps chugging along

Desmond's rehab keeps chugging along

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ian Desmond is ramping up his rehab once again.

Desmond, on the disabled list since July 22 with a torn left oblique, went through his first full pregame workout with the Nationals on Monday at AT&T Park. Desmond was scheduled to take batting practice, field ground balls and participate as if he were going to play in Washington's series opener against San Francisco.

The shortstop has been speeding through rehab milestones over the last week or so. He began taking grounders in Houston last week, started hitting in the cage this weekend in Arizona and now, he's going through a full workout on the field.

"Hopefully he comes through that with no problems," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He's had no tenderness in that area. That's great. So if he continues to go through his workout, no need to speed it up."

Desmond is scheduled to participate in two more full pregame workouts with the Nationals in San Francisco, then the club will make a decision after that. Johnson said there is a plan in place for Desmond, "and I'm not telling you. I want him to get through these three days.

"I've got a little plan in the back of my head," he added. "If we get through Wednesday, I'll tell you what it is. You'll know by then."

However, Johnson didn't seem to be in favor of Desmond going out on a long Minor League rehab assignment. Many players will say they need those games in the Minors just to get back their timing and see if they can withstand the rigors of a full nine-inning game. But Johnson, who previously has said he wants Desmond back as soon as he's fully recovered, doesn't think Desmond will need too long.

"Timing is going to be different for every pitcher you face. As long as you're healthy and your stroke is fine -- which his stroke is outstanding -- you catch up pretty quick," Johnson said. "I don't think it's going to help his timing [against] guys in [Class A] Potomac, who throw it 100 and don't throw it over."