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Bill Ladson

Desmond could miss time to be with new baby

Desmond could miss time to be with new baby

WASHINGTON -- There is a possibility that Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond could miss a postseason game if his wife, Chelsey, has the couple's third child. She can't be induced into labor until Oct. 11, but the baby, a boy, could be born earlier than that.

"Nature could take its course," Desmond said. "It's one of those things where we kind of wait and see."

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Chelsey Desmond is doing well in Florida, surrounded by family from both sides, as well as friends. Chelsey had a doctor's appointment Thursday, and Chelsey and the baby are doing fine.

"She is not quite there yet, and neither are we, as far as the decision [about whether I will go]," Desmond said. "I have a little bit of experience in this. This is our third one. We'll see how it unfolds. As of right now, it's not really a concern."

If Desmond had to miss a game, Danny Espinosa would likely get the start at shortstop. The Nationals also could switch Asdrubal Cabrera from second to short, where he played the majority of his time for the Indians prior to this past July's trade to Washington. Kevin Frandsen likely would play second in that scenario.

"Desi is keeping us well informed of the events going on," manager Matt Williams said. "We will see how it goes. And as it sits right now, all indications are that [Chelsey] is perfectly fine, baby is perfectly fine. They are just awaiting the arrival. We will see how that plays out."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.