ATLANTA -- Mike Rizzo sees the 19 errors Ian Desmond has made in the first half of his rookie season. He sees the other mistakes Desmond has made in the field that don’t show up as errors.
Rizzo, though, knew this was likely to happen when the Nationals gave Desmond the starting job at the end of spring training, and he's willing to live with it because of what he thinks Desmond can become in the future.
"He's a young major-league shortstop," the GM said last night after Desmond's crucial error kept Stephen Strasburg from perhaps escaping the seventh inning. "And the best thing about young major-league shortstops is that they become second-year major-league shortstops."
Desmond is not in the lineup tonight, but as you'll read on CSNwashington.com, the Nationals remain confident in the 24-year-old to be their long-term answer at shortstop.