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09/07/11 7:09 PM ET

Uribe has hernia surgery, to start rehab soon

WASHINGTON -- Third baseman Juan Uribe underwent surgery to repair a left sports hernia Wednesday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Craig Smith, and Uribe will be able to start rehab within the next two weeks.

Recovery time is expected to be six to eight weeks, and it is anticipated that Uribe will be ready for Spring Training. Uribe finished the season hitting .204, with four homers and 28 RBIs.

Rainout forces twin bill for Dodgers on Thursday

WASHINGTON -- Because of persistent rain throughout the afternoon, unplayable field conditions resulted in the postponement of Wednesday's game between the Dodgers and Nationals.

The teams will play a traditional doubleheader Thursday, beginning at 10:05 a.m. PT. The second game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. The probable starters for the Dodgers are Dana Eveland in Game 1 and Chad Billingsley in the nightcap.

The teams originally agreed to postpone the contest around 10:30 a.m., but Major League Baseball has the final say on the decision and informed both teams to wait. A final decision to cancel the game was made around 2:40 p.m.

The majority of the Dodgers players spent the delay at the team hotel. They were preparing to head to Nationals Park on the team bus when the game was postponed. Manager Don Mattingly and several coaches were at the stadium, but the clubhouse was closed and Mattingly was unavailable for comment.

Mattingly and Nationals manager Davey Johnson remained in contact during the delay.

"In talking to Mattingly, they canceled the buses and their players were hither and yon, as was everybody," Johnson said.

Worth noting

Andre Ethier has hit at least 30 doubles for the fifth straight season, tying Jackie Robinson's franchise record -- set from 1947-1951 -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Elliott Smith is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.