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Desmond Flashes Outfield Arm

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 06: Ian Desmond #20 and Dan Uggla #26 of the Washington Nationals look on as a ball hit by David Wright #5 of the New York Mets (not pictured) drops between them in the sixth inning during Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Desmond was charged with an error on the play. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    Ian Desmond is still learning how to play outfield in the majors, a process that will almost certainly carry over into the regular season.

    But the Rangers seem confident in Desmond's athleticism as a former all-star shortstop and in his ability enough so that they were willing to sign him to a club-friendly one-year deal to make him their everyday left fielder after it was clear Josh Hamilton wasn't one to be counted upon this season.

    On Monday, Desmond got his first real chance at making a play with his arm, and he came through in the moment, nailing Nolan Arenado at home by a few steps on a throw from left field.

    Desmond charged a single and made an accurate, strong throw to the plate to easily get Arenado.

    Sure, Desmond still has a lot to learn about the nuances of the outfield vs. playing shortstop, but he clearly has the athleticism and showed Monday he has the arm to make the transition a relatively smooth one.