The Washington Times - October 13, 2009, 05:18PM

Washington Nationals closer Mike MacDougal underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right hip in Vail, Colo., on Tuesday, repairing an injury that hampered the right-hander during the last week of the Nationals’ season.

MacDougal is expected to begin a throwing program in six to eight weeks and should be ready for the start of spring training.

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The 32-year-old, who saved 20 games in 52 appearances with the Nationals this season and posted a 3.60 ERA, is entering his final year of arbitration. He is the likely pick to be the Nationals’ closer next season, though the team could pursue other options this winter to add depth to a spot where MacDougal was inconsistent late in the season.