Washington Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden traveled to Boston yesterday for his second interview with the Red Sox, the latest step in a process that could leave the Nationals, already without an owner, without a general manager as well.

A Red Sox spokesman confirmed that Bowden was in Boston yesterday for talks. Bowden, who declined to comment, originally interviewed for the position Nov. 9 during the general managers' meetings in Indian Wells, Calif.

Over the weekend, Jim Beattie, the former GM of the Montreal Expos who most recently served as executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles, also had a second interview with the Red Sox. On Saturday, Boston talked with David Wilder, who has served as the director of player development for the Chicago White Sox the past two seasons. Boston has left open the possibility that it will consider other candidates as well.

Bowden, whose contract with the Nationals extends only through April, badly wants the Red Sox job in part because it offers far more stability than his position with the Nationals. Major League Baseball likely will select an owner for Washington's franchise in the next several weeks, and any new owner could dismiss Bowden before his contract expires. Bowden also grew up in New England rooting for the Red Sox.

In other Nationals news, right fielder Jose Guillen had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder yesterday in Miami. The surgery was performed by specialist John Uribe.

"There was a lot of damage," Guillen said by telephone. "I'm pretty dizzy, but I think everything will be fine."

Guillen's agent, Eugene Mato, said the surgery went well, and that Guillen is expected to be ready for spring training.

-- Barry Svrluga