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Nick Johnson, Micah Bowie and the lineup


So I don't mean to interrupt the stirring marketing discussion going on below, and I hope that it continues here. But here's a couple of tidbits before I head to the clubhouse.

Nick Johnson: He underwent his surgery today at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the hip specialist who originally examined him, Dr. David Lewallen, performed the procedure. The original thought was that the team's orthopedist, Dr. Ben Shaffer, would perform the surgery at Sibley Hospital on Saturday, but after a review the team figured that having a hip specialist do it would be best.

Johnson told me last week he would be able to do only light work - elliptical trainer, etc., no pounding - for a couple months. I'll check in with him from time to time.

Also: Micah Bowie had a setback at Class AAA Columbus, tweaking his left groin muscle as he comes back from a hip injury. That likely puts the left-hander's return in jeopardy. I'll try to find out more about where this leaves him this afternoon.

Your Nationals lineup (and for some reason, I think it looks kinda good):

Lopez - 6
Logan - 8
Zimmerman - 5
Young - 3
Kearns - 9
Pena - 7
Belliard - 4
Schneider - 2
Hanrahan - 1

Also: Just to clarify the status of what ultimately became the Pena-for-Vidro trade. The Nationals DID NOT receive cash in that deal. Rather, they sent cash to the Mariners. But the reason so many of you remember it in reverse. The Mariners agreed to pay $12 million of the $16 million remaining on Vidro's contract. That was, indeed, seen as a win for the Nationals, but technically it means they sent $4 million to the Mariners in the deal. (Vidro, by the way, hitting .317 for Seattle, though only 21 of his 133 hits have gone for extra bases, and he's a full-time DH (hitting second in front of some guy named Jose Guillen).)

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 21, 2007; 4:35 PM ET
 
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