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Oct 4, 2014 4:42 PM

Nationals' Desmond awaiting birth of 3rd child

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals manager Matt Williams says "there is a chance" shortstop Ian Desmond could miss a postseason game when his wife gives birth to the couple's third son.

Before Washington hosted San Francisco in Game 2 of their NL Division Series on Saturday, Desmond said the baby's due date is a week away, "but obviously nature can take its course prior to that. ... Just kind of waiting to see what happens."

If the NLDS goes the distance, Game 5 would be Thursday.

Desmond's wife is in Florida.

During the regular season, a team can place a player on a paternity leave list for three days and add a replacement from the minors. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney wrote in an email that the rule does not apply to the postseason.


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