Langerhans Gets Around In a Hurry

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 5, 2007

CHICAGO, May 4 -- When Ryan Langerhans was traded from Atlanta to Oakland, he was in Denver with the Braves, and had to fly back to Georgia to get his belongings, then meet his new teammates in Boston. He played two games there, and was traded to the Nationals on Wednesday night. So he boarded a plane for Chicago, where he met the team on the off day Thursday and appeared at Wrigley Field for his debut Friday.

Six days, three teams, four cities, and one tired outfielder.

"It's been different, having gone from never been traded before to getting traded twice in the same week," Langerhans said. "I'm trying to find sleep wherever I can with all the travel."

Langerhans's reputation is as a superior defender, but he is in the midst of a monumental offensive slump, with just 3 hits in 49 at-bats this season. Nationals bench coach Pat Corrales knows Langerhans from his own time in Atlanta, and agrees.

"I think that most of it is a mental part of his game that needs to be improved," Corrales said. "He's a little bit better than what he thinks he is."

Covering the Bases

Right-hander John Patterson was hit in the left cheek by a batted ball during batting practice Friday and immediately reported to the clubhouse, grabbing his jaw. Patterson received a precautionary CAT scan, which came back negative, and a club spokesman said he will make his scheduled start Saturday. . . .

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a nice play to stop Michael Barrett's grounder in the third, but then threw over first baseman Dmitri Young for his seventh error of the year, nearly half of the 15 he committed a year ago.

"That's the way I play," Zimmerman said. "I try to get every ball I can. . . . If I make 50 errors, I'm going to try to get every ball I can." . . .

In light of the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock in a car accident that police now say involved alcohol, the Nationals are reviewing their own clubhouse alcohol policy. Team president Stan Kasten said any revisions would be announced next week.

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