Jose Vidro and Nationals team doctor Bruce Thomas agreed Monday that the second baseman is almost entirely finished with a two-month rehabilitation from a high left ankle sprain, and Vidro said he could return to the Nationals' lineup as early as today.

On Monday, Vidro played his fifth game with the Potomac Nationals, and he planned to start at second base for the second consecutive day.

"I'm just hoping I'll be back with the team" today, Vidro said. "I feel really good, and I'm just waiting to get the call. I've run the bases, I played a whole game in the field and I had a bunch of at-bats. I'm pretty ready."

Vidro said his left leg felt tight during his first two games with the Potomac Nationals, but that stiffness had disappeared by Sunday. Vidro went 1 for 3 with a double, and he played second base for the entire game.

"From a medical standpoint as far as what I need to see to clear him, he's very close," Thomas said.

Church May Play Thursday

Ryan Church, who has a ligament sprain in his rib cage, is scheduled to come off the disabled list Thursday, and Thomas said Church could be healed and ready to play that day. . . .

General Manager Jim Bowden probably will not go to Philadelphia for a three-game road series later this week because his grandmother, Mildred Smith Bowden, died on Monday. She was 97.