- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 20, 2005

One Washington Nationals regular needs surgery, and another one does not.

Dr. John Uribe examined outfielder Jose Guillen on Friday and determined the outfielder has a slap tear in the labrum of his left shoulder.

Uribe will perform surgery tomorrow in Miami on the Nationals’ leader in home runs (24) and RBI (76) in 2005.

Guillen “should be 100 percent by the start of spring training,” Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said.

Meanwhile, Uribe also examined second baseman Jose Vidro’s problematic right knee Friday and determined surgery is not necessary at this time. Vidro received an injection near his right patellar tendon and will rest for 10 days before resuming his rehab regimen.

Vidro’s “working hard on his rehab, and we expect him to be ready by the start of spring training,” Bowden said.

Guillen initially injured himself sliding headfirst into home plate during the third inning of a 9-5 loss at the Toronto Blue Jays on June26. Guillen played through the injury the rest of the season, but his damaged shoulder clearly affected his swing.

During the second half of the season, Guillen sat periodically to see whether his shoulder would improve. Following a 6-5 loss to the San Diego Padres on Aug.5 at RFK Stadium, a frustrated Guillen said he wouldn’t play again until his left shoulder was completely healed.

Three days later, Guillen was examined in Birmingham, Ala., by Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed he had a partially torn rotator cuff. With the Nationals in the thick of a playoff race, Guillen opted against surgery, returned to the field as the Nationals’ everyday right fielder three days after seeing Andrews and homered in the ninth inning at Houston in his first game back.

Vidro struggled through an injury-plagued season. The three-time All-Star appeared in just 87 games and batted .275 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. Vidro missed 54 games with a torn left ankle tendon from early May to early July, then battled inflammation in his right knee most of September.

The .275 batting average was the lowest for Vidro since he became the franchise’s starting second baseman in 1999. Vidro entered the season with a career .304 average.

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