WASHINGTON -- Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond left Tuesday's 6-4 victory over the Braves in the sixth inning because of lower back tightness. The injury is not considered serious. In fact, Desmond indicated that he could play against Atlanta in the series finale Wednesday afternoon.
"I feel like I can play tomorrow. This is something I've had before," Desmond said following Tuesday's win. "I'll sleep tonight, get some treatment and I should be all right tomorrow. This isn't something I have to deal with every day. It's something that pops up. I probably had it two or three times this year, where it just comes and goes. So it's no big deal."
Desmond started feeling pain in his back before Tuesday's game but decided to play through it. By the fourth inning, his back wasn't cooperating and he soon thought it would be better to get out of the game and not create further damage.
Desmond, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, was replaced by Danny Espinosa, who picked up a double in his only at-bat of the game.
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.