MIAMI -- Ian Desmond's lingering oblique strain is improving, and the Nationals are hoping their All-Star shortstop can play Tuesday night against the Mets in Washington.
MIAMI -- And so we've reached the fourth and final game of this wraparound series to open the season's second half.
Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg was stuck in a three-game losing streak. Ian Desmond was out of the lineup with a lingering oblique strain. The Nationals were silenced at the plate.
MIAMI -- He had managed to play the best baseball of his career through a lingering left oblique strain for more than a month.