• Updated 7:47 PM EDT:
Ian Desmond is out stretching on the field & warming up. So it appears that Davey was wrong when he said he'd be scratched.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) August 21, 2013
• Previous Report: Ian Desmond put together a strong .281/.378/.375 July that left the Washington Nationals' 27-year-old shortstop with a .276/.315/.508 line on the year in the '04 Expos' 3rd Round pick's fifth major league season. In 17 games and 72 plate appearances in August, the Nats' infielder has a .258/.319/.394 line with six doubles and a home run so far this month. Desmond's played in 123 of 125 games so far this season, and he was scheduled to play his 124th game tonight, but according to reports from Wrigley Field, the shortstop's back locked up during batting practice and he's been replaced in the lineup by Anthony Rendon, who will play short tonight with Steve Lombardozzi getting a start at second:
Ian Desmond's back locked up during batting practice. Anthony Rendon in at shortstop.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) August 21, 2013
Ian Desmond's back just locked up on him during BP, so Anthony Rendon will play SS tonight.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) August 21, 2013
This was tonight's original lineup:
Davey's Lineup, Wed. @ CHI/G126: Span cf, Zimmerman 3b, Harper lf, Werth rf, Desmond ss, LaRoche 1b, Lombardozzi 2b, Suzuki c, Ohlendorf rhp— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) August 21, 2013
Rendon's made one start at short in the majors so far this season. The 23-year-old 2011 1st Round pick has a .262/.322/.403 line so far in his rookie season, with 19 doubles and six home runs in 70 games and 290 PAs. After a rough .187/.237/.319 July, Rendon's bounced back in August with a .286/.373/.482 line, five doubles and two home runs over his last 16 games and 67 PAs. Rendon was 2 for 5 in last night's win over the Cubs with an opposite field double in his first at bat and a single the third time up.
The Nationals haven't released an updated lineup yet, but we'll erase this line and included it here when they do...