- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 3, 2007

Injured Nationals starting pitcher John Patterson will throw another bullpen session before today’s game against San Diego. The work will include off-speed pitches and if all goes well, next would be a simulated game.

Right elbow biceps soreness has kept Patterson (1-5, 7.47) off the mound since May 6.

Meanwhile, reliever Luis Ayala said he felt good after his first rehabilitation appearance, Friday for Class A Potomac. He faced four batters, allowing one hit and one walk. Manager Manny Acta said Ayala hit 93 mph.

“Those guys usually have a rough time when they go to rehab because those kids aren’t taking pitches — they’re hacking,” Acta said.

Ayala will pitch tomorrow and Tuesday for Potomac.

“That’s the key,” Ayala said. “I have to see if my arm can do it back-to-back days.”

QUOTABLE

“It had to get better. No team can go through the whole season [hitting] .220 and no team can go through the whole season scoring 2.5 runs a game when it has major league players.”

— Nationals manager Manny Acta on the team’s offense, which has averaged 10.9 hits and 5.7 runs in their last 10 games entering last night.

TODAY’S GAME

Padres LHP David Wells (2-3, 4.74) vs. Nationals RHP Jason Simontacchi (2-3, 5.28), 1:35 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

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