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Vidro's rehab sidetracked
Vidro hits speed bump on road back

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Date published: 6/25/2005

By TODD JACOBSON

WASHINGTON--Second baseman Jose Vidro's comeback from an injured ankle hit a bump Thursday when he hurt his right knee while sprinting and had to cut short a planned workout.

The hard-hitting second baseman still hopes to be ready to return by the All-Star break--or even sooner--but will not hit or run today and won't begin a minor league rehabilitation stint Monday as planned.

"It was just because I think I hadn't run in a long time," Vidro said. "You start running and pushing it hard yesterday and I feel uncomfortable, kind of tight there, and I didn't want to push it really. I think it will be fine. This is just a minor setback."

Vidro missed part of Spring Training with a sprained right knee, and has been on the disabled list since early May because of a high left ankle sprain and a torn peroneal tendon suffered sliding into home against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He had begun hitting in the last week, and wasn't shy about expressing optimism regarding his return.

The rush ultimately could slow him down.

Vidro was hitting .290 with four home runs and 15 RBIs when he was hurt.

"I have always said all along if we have Jose Vidro for the All-Star break that would've been fine so a few more days doesn't mean that much," manager Frank Robinson said. "When he comes back we would like for Jose Vidro to be healthy 100 percent or pretty close to it. We know we are going to have a terrific player on our hands and we don't have to be worried about him from day to day."

Tucker out for year

It's been a rough season for Nats reliever T.J. Tucker, and he got more bad news yesterday.

Tucker will have season-ending Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow Tuesday in Alabama and won't pitch again until next July--at the earliest.

"I feel like jumping off a dang roof right now," said Tucker, who was placed on the disabled list with an inflammation of the right elbow June 18. "You know, get it done, be ready July next year, rehab here and watch the guys keep on winning."

Tucker missed more than a month earlier in the season with a right groin strain, and pitched in just 13 games this season.

Extra bases

Outfielder Ryan Church bruised his left shoulder colliding into a wall while making a catch in Pittsburgh Wednesday, and did not start yesterday. X-rays and a CAT scan were negative, but Church will sit out again today and possibly Sunday.

Reliever Antonio Osuna will begin to rehabilitate his strained right shoulder Monday in Florida.

Right-hander Zach Day, who fractured the radius bone in his right arm last month, will throw on the side today and will pitch a simulated game Tuesday.

President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice attended yesterday's game.

To reach TODD JACOBSON: 540/374-5440tjacobson@freelancestar.com