Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, left, and right fielder Jayson Werth talk during warm ups before Game 1 of a NL Division Series baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Ale
Alex Brandon
October 04, 2014
Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, left, and right fielder Jayson Werth talk during warm ups before Game 1 of a NL Division Series baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Ale
Alex Brandon

WASHINGTON (AP) 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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