- The Washington Times - Friday, May 6, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO — Washington Nationals outfielder Terrmel Sledge will undergo surgery today to repair the right hamstring he tore earlier this week in Los Angeles. Reliever Antonio Osuna will undergo surgery next week to fix the sore right shoulder that landed him on the disabled list in early April.

Sledge suffered a Grade2 hamstring pull Monday night while trying to chase down a double to left-center by the Dodgers’ Hee Seop Choi. The muscle was partially torn off the bone, requiring today’s surgery at Los Angeles’ Kerlan-Jobe Clinic.

The club won’t know for sure how long Sledge will be out until he is re-examined today, but it will be a minimum of eight to 12 weeks.

Osuna will undergo a procedure next Thursday at Washington Hospital Center to repair a slap lesion on his right shoulder that was discovered during an MRI yesterday. The 32-year-old right-hander has not pitched since April10.

Vidro questionable

Jose Vidro, who left Wednesday’s game in Los Angeles with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle, likely will be a game-time decision tonight against the San Francisco Giants.

The veteran second baseman insisted he will be back in the lineup, but he was limping noticeably as he left Dodger Stadium Wednesday night, and manager Frank Robinson may choose to take the cautious route.

“I’d like to see him take a day or two off,” Robinson said. “But I know he’s going to insist on playing, and that’s a decision I’ll have to make.”

Nats acquire outfielder

The Nationals acquired minor league outfielder Dee Haynes from the St. Louis Cardinals for future considerations. Haynes, 28, hit .335 with 14 homers in 58 games for Class AAA Memphis last year but has been plagued by injuries his entire career. He has just five at-bats this season while dealing with wrist and thumb injuries.

No financing review

The office of District Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi has abandoned plans to conduct a formal review of an alternative stadium financing plan being developed by staffers in Mayor Anthony A. Williams administration, city sources said yesterday.

The late-arriving financing plan, which has yet to be formally presented to D.C. Council members, has surprised many within the John A. Wilson Building because it relies almost exclusively public revenue sources. Such a plan could run afoul of the council’s aim to have at least 50 percent of hard construction costs funded with private money.

Last month Gandhi formally recommended using a blend of an existing public financing model for the Washington Nationals’ planned stadium in Southeast and a $246 million loan from German financial giant Deutsche Bank.

No more MLB.TV

Operators of MLB.TV, which allows fans to watch live baseball games on the Internet, said this week it has ceased offering online broadcasts of Washington Nationals games to local viewers as a result of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network’s recent carriage deal with DirecTV. MLB Advanced Media had no word on the fate of fans who already subscribed to the service at $14.95 a month.

MLB.TV, a product designed to mirror the Extra Innings out-of-market TV package, had taken the unprecedented step of offering a specialized block of Nationals games to in-market fans. But Nationals president Tony Tavares said the move violated the rights of both the club and MASN, and the offer was abruptly canceled.

“To make such an offer, you need the permission of both the team and the [TV] rights-holder, and to my knowledge, they had neither. They definitely didn’t have it from us,” Tavares said.

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