HOUSTON -- Ian Desmond took a step forward on Monday in his rehab from a torn left oblique, fielding grounders and making throws at shortstop before the Nationals' series opener against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Desmond reported that he was feeling good, and while manager Davey Johnson is pleased by Desmond's progress, he's not in any hurry to push up the timetable for the All-Star shortstop's return.
Desmond has been running for about a week, but Monday was his first time doing work in the infield. Still, Johnson didn't expect Desmond to start hitting for 10 days to two weeks.
"All that is good," Johnson said. "And he feels great.
"I don't really know how to treat obliques, but I'm going to treat it like I would a hamstring, and that's very cautiously," he added. "You don't rush him back, because if you re-injure him, it's double the time. I think it's good that he's doing some things, especially aerobically. ... It gives him a chance to let his body heal."