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Nats' Desmond heads to DL with oblique injury

The Washington Nationals placed shortstop Ian Desmond on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a left oblique strain.

The move is retroactive to July 21.

It's the same injury that has been nagging him since before the All-Star break.

Desmond is batting .286 in 89 games this season. He leads the team with a career-high 17 home runs and ranks second with 53 RBI.

To fill the roster spot, the Nationals recalled outfielder Corey Brown from Triple-A Syracuse.