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Desmond goes 1-for-2 in first rehab game

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ATLANTA -- The Rockies' Ian Desmond went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, and played first base until he left in the seventh inning for Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday -- the first of at least three injury rehab games.

Desmond has been on the disabled list since suffering, for the second time this season, a right calf strain on July 25.

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ATLANTA -- The Rockies' Ian Desmond went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, and played first base until he left in the seventh inning for Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday -- the first of at least three injury rehab games.

Desmond has been on the disabled list since suffering, for the second time this season, a right calf strain on July 25.

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"I love playing this game and it felt good to be back out there," Desmond told the Purple Row blog. "The calf felt good. The double was a pretty clear double, no real chance for a triple. It felt good covering the bag. I was a little hesitant early, but as the game went on I got a better feel of it."

Rockies manager Bud Black said Desmond was scheduled to play left field on Friday, have Saturday off, and possibly start at shortstop on Sunday before being evaluated for a possible return to the Majors.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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