Washington Nationals second baseman Jose Vidro took batting practice at PNC Park on Monday afternoon, his first on-field swings since he suffered tendon damage in his left ankle, which he badly sprained on May 4 in Los Angeles.
"Hitting is no problem," said Vidro, a switch hitter who took cuts from both sides of the plate. "Hopefully, I can get my legs in shape."
To that end, he ran on the grass under the close watch of Tim Abraham, the team's trainer, and on the base paths. He spent time at second base, taking underhanded tosses from bench coach Eddie Rodriguez and turning imaginary double plays.
"Everything was fine," he said. "It was a good day for me."
Vidro, a three-time all-star, has pledged to be careful about his return, which team officials have pegged for around the July 11 all-star break. He is hoping to be activated during the next homestand, which begins Friday.
Guillen Has No Complaints
Jose Guillen, playing in the city where his major league career began, hit a pair of solo homers in the Nationals' 7-4 victory. But would the shots, both to center field, have been homers at RFK Stadium?
"I'm just so happy it was not in Washington, I can't tell you," Guillen said. They would have been outs? "Easy. Not even close to the warning track."