Medical reports fly around RFK Stadium as if it's a hospital wing, and yesterday was no different. Right-hander Jon Rauch received good news after his shoulder surgery, outfielder Terrmel Sledge had surgery scheduled on his shoulder, and the club continues to hold out hope star second baseman Jose Vidro will return by the all-star break.

Rauch, who went on the disabled list last week with damage to the labrum in his right shoulder, had surgery yesterday, and doctors discovered there was no tear. Rather, doctors discovered some degeneration around the area where he had similar surgery in 2001.

"Realistically, I think you could expect a return in about three months," said Wiemi Douoguih, one of the team's orthopedic surgeons who performed the operation. Rauch could pitch again by the beginning of September, though it likely would be in the minors.

Sledge, who is out for the season with a severely pulled hamstring, will have surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder to repair chronic problems with his rotator cuff. Sledge has been on the disabled list since May 3, when he pulled his right hamstring from the bone against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He will return to Washington for shoulder surgery tomorrow.

Vidro remains in a protective boot with a partial tear of the tendon on the outside of his left ankle, and can only receive physical therapy.

"He's progressing along pretty well," Douoguih said.