Nationals reliever Rodriguez has elbow surgery

Nationals reliever Henry Rodriguez has undergone surgery on his

right elbow and will miss the remainder of the season.

Washington manager Davey Johnson said Friday that doctors found

more damage than they expected. Rodriguez will not be able to throw

for the next three months after doctors discovered spurring and a

sizable bone chip.

Rodriguez went on the disabled list Aug. 2 because of a strain

in his lower back. He was 1-3 with nine saves and a 5.83 ERA in 35

games.

The one-time closer for the Nationals did well early in the

season, but later struggled and eventually was moved into a

diminished role.