- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Washington Nationals right-handerTim Redding will have surgery later this week to repair damage to a bone in his left foot.

The procedure, which will take place Friday, is considered “minor” by the Nationals, who said the pitcher is expected to recover by the start of spring training.

Redding apparently had been dealing with some lingering pain in his foot. Doctors discovered damage to the bone in the joint at the base of his second toe. Team orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih and foot and ankle specialist Lew Schon will perform the surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

Redding went 10-11 with a 4.95 ERA in 33 starts for the Nationals but saw his numbers take a steep decline in the second half of the season. After opening the year 6-3 with a 3.16 ERA, he went 4-8 with a 5.76 ERA over his final 23 starts.

Still, the 30-year-old remains in the club’s rotation plans heading into next year. He’s again eligible for arbitration and stands to earn a raise from his $1 million salary in 2008.

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