As the Colorado Rockies look to remain in the playoff hunt and battle for a wild card spot in the second half, they received some welcome help today. Ian Desmond, who missed the last two weeks with a strained right calf, came off the disabled list on Sunday and will immediately jump back into the lineup.
The 31-year-old's production this season hasn't quite lived up to the expectations set when he signed a five-year, $75M contract this offseason, but the Rockies are hoping for a second half turnaround.
In 236 plate appearances this season, Desmond owns a .283/.321/.388 slash line, .305 wOBA, 68 wRC+ and .709 OPS. The batting average remains close to career lines, but Desmond's lowly .105 isolated power, .388 slugging percentage and .709 OPS are some of the worst numbers of his career and made far worse given half his games come in Coors Field.
Desmond does offer a nice buy-low for fantasy owners as his power output should see some improvements in Coors during the second half. But the high expectations from when Desmond signed, clearly won't be met this season. But the Rockies will still be happy to have him back in their lineup.