PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals manager Matt Williams said Ian Desmond's right thumb was sore, but the skipper expressed hope that Desmond could play Saturday night against the Phillies.
Desmond hurt the thumb when facing Orioles right-hander Darren O'Day in the eighth inning Thursday night. With runners on first and second and two outs, Desmond worked the count to 2-2, then Day hit Desmond on the right thumb with a fastball. Desmond writhed in pain for a few seconds before he went to first base.
Desmond went out to the field to play defense for the bottom of the inning, but he did not have a good feel for the ball and was taken out of the game.
Desmond had treatment on the thumb and was able to throw the ball a little bit on Friday, Williams said.
"I don't expect it to be more than just a day. We'll see how it goes," Williams said. "Night game tonight, we have a night game tomorrow. He should be fine. It's day to day."
In the meantime, Danny Espinosa was able to get the start at short against the Phillies on Friday night.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.