Saturday, April 15, 2006

Jose Vidro's Bag of Tricks No Help for Soriano

He's strong, they said. He's healthy, they said. He's back to his old self, they said. But it took less than a dozen games before oft-injured Washington second baseman Jose Vidro was back to his old tricks again: his trick ankle, his trick knee, his trick hip, his trick tricks. The $7.5 million-a-year three-time All Star took himself out of Friday's game with a tight hamstring, bringing to more than 600 the number of AB he has missed over the past three years due to various ailments. It remained to be seen how soon Vidro would return to action, though he has not yet been placed on the DL. The injury, however, offers no opportunity for Alfonso Soriano. No matter how much he wants to play second, Soriano will remain in left and Marlon Anderson will start in the middle.