Nationals' Desmond could miss playoff game as wife due to give birth

Alex Brandon/AP file photoThe wife of Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is about a week away from giving birth to couple's third son.

WASHINGTON — 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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