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Monday, March 14, 2005

Beltran to have elbow surgery

The Washington Nationals announced that earlier today right-handed pitcher Francis Beltran was examined in Birmingham, Alabama by Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed the diagnosis of a near-complete ulnar-collateral ligament tear and agreed with the recommendation of Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, Nationals orthopedic surgeon, to reconstruct the ligament.

Surgery will be performed by Dr. Andrews, with Dr. Douoguih present, on March 15 in Birmingham. The club also today placed Beltran on the 60-Day Disabled List, according to Nationals general manager Jim Bowden.

Beltran was acquired from Chicago (NL) as part of a 4-team deal on July 31, 2004. The 25-year-old is 2-2 with a 5.87 ERA in 56 career games spanning parts of two big league seasons with the Cubs and Expos.

He will likely miss the entire season.

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