Nationals closer MacDougal has hip surgery
Washington Nationals closer Mike MacDougal had arthroscopic surgery on his right hip Tuesday and is expected to be fully recovered by spring training. MacDougal is scheduled to begin a throwing program within about two months. He finished 2009 with 20 saves, a 1-1 record and a 3.60 ERA for Washington. The right-hander was released by the Chicago White Sox in April, signed to a minor league deal by the Nationals in early May and in the majors by the end of that month.