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Desmond homers in rehab start in Triple-A

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ATLANTA -- The Rockies' Ian Desmond hit a fourth-inning leadoff home run, finished 1-for-4, and played shortstop and first base for Triple-A Albuquerque in what possibly was his final injury rehab game in an 8-1 home loss to Salt Lake on Sunday night.

Desmond, who hasn't appeared for the Rockies since suffering a right calf strain July 25, went deep against Salt Lake starter John Lamb. In three games at Albuquerque, Desmond went 3-for-9 with a homer, a double, a walk and a strikeout.

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ATLANTA -- The Rockies' Ian Desmond hit a fourth-inning leadoff home run, finished 1-for-4, and played shortstop and first base for Triple-A Albuquerque in what possibly was his final injury rehab game in an 8-1 home loss to Salt Lake on Sunday night.

Desmond, who hasn't appeared for the Rockies since suffering a right calf strain July 25, went deep against Salt Lake starter John Lamb. In three games at Albuquerque, Desmond went 3-for-9 with a homer, a double, a walk and a strikeout.

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The Rockies hope the versatile Desmond -- hitting .285 with five home runs and 32 RBIs in 65 games -- can be used regularly, with left field, first base and shortstop serving as positional opportunities. Rarely injured previously, Desmond missed the first 25 games of the season with a fractured left hand, missed nine games in early July with a calf strain, and had a recurrence in July.

Also:

• Rockies lefty Tyler Anderson, on injury rehab and in his first game action since suffering a left knee injury June 25 that required arthroscopic surgery, pitched the first inning for Albuquerque and yielded five hits and four runs, with a walk and two strikeouts.

• Former National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Howard, who had played once in the last week because of a knee issue, doubled in a pinch-hit appearance. Howard signed recently and is hoping to help the Rockies during September.

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

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