The Washington Nationals activated All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Cesar Izturis for assignment.
Desmond, out since July 22, missed the last 25 games with a left oblique strain. In 89 games this season the 26-year-old is batting .286 with 17 home runs, 53 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He ranked among the National League leaders in total bases, extra-base hits, doubles and homers when he was initially placed on the disabled list.
The 32-year-old Izturis, claimed off waivers from Milwaukee on August 6, went 2 for 4 in five games with Washington this season.
The Nationals, owners of the best record in major league baseball, open a three-game series Friday against the New York Mets.