With a tight left quadriceps still inhibiting Ian Desmond's free movement, Nats manager Jim Riggleman had already planned to give his shortstop a day off from the starting lineup Saturday against the Florida Marlins. But Desmond felt much better when he reported to Nationals Park on Saturday, prompting Riggleman to declare him available for duty.
"Desi felt quite a bit better today," Riggleman said. "We're going to hold him out of (the starting lineup) today. He's available to play, pinch hit."
Desmond said the injury, which occurred early in Friday's game, grew more troublesome the night went along. By the time the game reached extra innings, Desmond wasn't pushing it in pursuit of balls he might otherwise have run harder after or dived to stop.
"It was to the point where my body was saying, 'Don't go any harder right now,' " Desmond said. "I just listened to my body and it ended up being right. I've never had a quad injury before, but I knew when I was out there, something was going on because when I was trying to run, it was a little bit tight. I knew I didn't want to make it any worse."
Alex Cora started in Desmond's place Saturday.