Vidro's Rehab Assignment Is Put Off

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 11, 2006

Washington Nationals second baseman Jose Vidro, on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, won't go on a rehabilitation assignment over the weekend, as he originally said he would.

"We want him to be ready to go," General Manager Jim Bowden said. "We don't want to rush him. He's making good progress . . . but he hasn't done any baseball activity."

Vidro and Bowden spent several minutes discussing the situation before batting practice yesterday. Vidro, who the Nationals have considered trading, said the subject of his future with the franchise came up.

"He basically said . . . they want me here," Vidro said. "That's a good thing to hear. The conversation was mainly for my health."

Bergmann to Start

The Nationals planned to call up right-hander Jason Bergmann from Class AAA New Orleans to make Saturday's start against the New York Mets, a spot in the rotation that had been vacant since Livan Hernandez was traded to Arizona on Monday. To make room, they released outfielder Luis Matos, who had only 15 at-bats since being signed last month.

"They just decided it didn't work out," Matos said.

Bergmann has made 32 appearances for the Nationals over the last two seasons, all but one as a reliever. But the club converted him to a starter on his latest trip to the minors. The move also came out of necessity, as trades and injuries have left the entire system thin. In four starts for New Orleans, Bergmann is 3-1 with a 3.63 ERA, striking out 27 batters in 22 1/3 innings. . . .

Right-hander John Patterson, out after surgery on his right elbow, said he would like to pitch by the end of the season, but even if he's healthy, there remains a problem: Where would he build up his arm strength. By the time Patterson will be ready to throw in early September, minor league seasons will be over. "I'd like to do it, but I'm not sure it will work as far as starting a game," he said.

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