Patterson To Receive Arm Injections

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 1, 2007

PITTSBURGH, June 30 -- John Patterson's quest for treatment on his ailing right arm will continue with a stop to see yet another doctor, Washington Nationals officials said yesterday, this time to get injections that Patterson hopes will relieve the strain on a nerve.

Patterson, on the disabled list since May 6, spent the past week visiting four orthopedists in four cities. Their conclusions were all basically the same: Patterson has a compression of the radial nerve in his elbow. The right-hander, though, will travel to Toronto to receive treatment that Manager Manny Acta said has not been approved in the United States.

The club, though, could not identify the doctor Patterson will see. Patterson didn't return a phone message Saturday. Last week, he switched agents, leaving Greg Landry, who he had retained his entire career, in favor of Randy and Alan Hendricks.

There are indications that Patterson is concerned about his career. His nerve problem was first identified last season, when he made just eight starts for the Nationals. He had surgery July 20 to decompress the median nerve in his right arm, and spent this spring trying to rebuild arm strength, but in eight starts this season, he never regained his velocity. He went 1-5 with a 7.47 ERA, last pitching in Chicago May 5.

Acta said the treatments Patterson is seeking are similar to those used by Oakland closer Huston Street, who just rejoined the Athletics after spending 18 days in Toronto undergoing a variety of homeopathic treatments.

Southpaw String

Saturday's game against Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Tom Gorzelanny began a stretch in which the Nationals will face lefties five times in six games. Center fielder Nook Logan likely will start against all the lefties, with Ryan Langerhans sitting.

The other player who might be affected is right fielder Austin Kearns, who entered play Saturday night hitting .244 with a .345 slugging percentage against right-handers, .315 with a .556 slugging percentage against lefties.

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