By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 26, 2006; E06
The Washington Nationals placed second baseman Jose Vidro on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of a nagging left hamstring strain, a move that will prevent the Nationals from trading one of their most veteran -- and expensive -- players before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline.
"We don't trade injured players," General Manager Jim Bowden said. "We want to get our players healthy. . . . I'm always upfront and honest with GMs I'm talking to."
Trade interest in Vidro had waned recently, particularly from the San Francisco Giants. Vidro's season has been uneven. He is hitting .300, but his production has fallen off precipitously as the season has progressed. He has six homers and 33 RBI in 90 games, but only 18 of those RBI came since May 1.
Vidro had a clause in his contract that prevented him from being traded to eight teams, but that left 21 where he could have ended up. The Nationals would have liked to have moved his contract -- he is due $15 million over the next two seasons.
"It's not something that I was looking forward to," Vidro said of the prospect of being traded.
The hamstring injury nixed that possibility. He came out of a game on July 17 in Florida with the strain and hadn't played since. He tested the hamstring yesterday, and said "it still feels the same." Bowden said Vidro would visit orthopedic consultant Tim Kremchek today in Cincinnati to try to determine the extent of the injury.
The move is retroactive to July 18, so Vidro could come off in just more than a week. To replace him, the Nationals called up utility player Bernie Castro from Class AAA New Orleans, where he was hitting .284 with 25 RBI and 22 stolen bases.Soriano Catches Up
Alfonso Soriano said he turned on Monday's game between his former teams -- the Yankees and Rangers -- "to watch my friends." And what did he see? A report that he might be traded. "If I want to see my friends, I never want to see my name in the trade rumors," he said.