Colorado Rockies injury news: Ian Desmond placed on DL with calf injury

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 02: Outfielder Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies is injured as he catches a fly ball out during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 02: Outfielder Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies is injured as he catches a fly ball out during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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As expected, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies has once again landed on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf injury. A tweet from Nick Groke of The Denver Post confirmed the move on Friday afternoon.

Desmond was pulled from the game on Tuesday during the second game of a three-game series at the St. Louis Cardinals. The 31-year-old Desmond played the first three innings of the contest, eventually won 3-2 by the Cardinals on a walkoff sacrifice fly. He was replaced by Mark Reynolds at first base when the fourth inning began.

He did not play on Wednesday in St. Louis and the Rockies had an off day on Thursday.

This will be the second stint for Desmond on the disabled list this season with a calf injury. He originally injured the calf on July 2 playing outfield at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was placed on the disabled list the following day.

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Desmond returned to the Rockies lineup on July 16 and was 7-for-23 this month between injuries. Overall, in 65 games this season, Desmond is hitting .285 with five homers and 32 RBI. He also has 10 stolen bases, setting the pace for Colorado in that department.

In the first year of a five-year, $70 million contract with Colorado, this season marks the first time that Desmond has spent any time on the disabled list in his Major League career that began in 2009. This will mark the first year since 2010 that Desmond will not see action in at least 130 regular-season games.

With Desmond on the disabled list, reliever Pat Neshek, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in a trade on Wednesday night, will take his place on the active roster. The move gives the Rockies 10 pitchers in the bullpen as they start a three-game road series against the Washington Nationals.

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Neshek, however, may have to wait to make his Colorado debut as storms are expected throughout the night on Friday in the Washington area.

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