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A quick follow-up on last week's item on Jose Guillen's wrist injury - turns out the Nationals outfielder doesn't need surgery after all.

Guillen has swelling in his left wrist, and it looked like he was headed for surgery, which would have kept him out for about three months. But a team physician had a look and decided Guillen just needs a few days of rest, not an operation. He believes that, with proper strengthening, Guillen can play the entire season without any ill effects.

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The outlook for Guillen is obviously better than it was a few days ago, but this doesn't exactly qualify as good news. Lingering wrist discomfort - sounds like the sort of thing that can sap a player's power, especially one who plays in a spacious stadium. Guillen's string of three consecutive 20-homer seasons is definitely in jeopardy. Draft him at your own risk.

Otherwise, all's quiet on the injury front, though the World Baseball Classic is sure to change that. Did anyone catch that Dominican Republic-Venezuela game yesterday, by the way? Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Miguel Tejada, Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Beltre, Johan Santana, Bartolo Colon, Carlos Zambrano, Omar Vizquel - it was like an All-Star game. In March.

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Speaking of the WBC, O's starter Erik Bedard struck out six in four scoreless innings to help Canada beat South Africa yesterday. And Rodrigo Lopez limited the U.S. to one run - a Derrek Lee home run - in four innings in Mexico's 2-0 loss. Today, O's prospect Adam Loewen pitches for Canada against Team USA at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. Funny, I think I feel a fever coming on. Might need to knock off early today.

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