- The Washington Times - Monday, July 10, 2006

Injury-plagued Washington Nationals starter John Patterson left yesterday’s game, a 10-9 loss to the San Diego Padres, after the first inning with what is being called a right forearm strain. Patterson was given a cortisone injection, and he will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

“This is seriously throwing a kink in my season right now, and that’s frustrating,” Patterson said. “It’s hard to deal with at times. We haven’t talked about [the disabled list]. Until that’s talked about, I wouldn’t want to comment on it.”

Patterson missed nearly two months this season while on the 15-day disabled list with the same injury. The Nationals activated Patterson on June 23 to replace Tony Armas Jr. in the rotation.

Patterson threw 31 pitches in his one inning of work yesterday.

There were early signs that something was wrong with Patterson (1-2, 4.43 ERA) yesterday. After throwing just three pitches, the Padres had runners on second and third with no outs. Patterson loaded the bases before recording his first out when Adrian Gonzalez popped out to shortstop Royce Clayton.

Patterson, who made just his eighth start of the season, managed to limit the Padres to one run in the inning.

“Under the circumstances — this guy’s struggling with his arm for most of this year and has been since he’s gotten back — I made the decision that I wasn’t going to let him go back out there,” manager Frank Robinson said. “I made a decision that I felt was best for him as an individual and his future.

“This is going to be something right now that has to be addressed, and we have to shut him down until he’s well, period. That’s it. There’s no sense in trying this, that and the other or rest and coming back. Until he tells us his arm feels great, it feels fine, no problems, then we’ll start rehabbing him and hopefully have the real John Patterson back here and enable us to win ballgames. Until then, we’ll do whatever we can to get him 100 percent and healthy.”

Break time

Nationals relievers Chad Cordero and Bill Bray are heading to North Carolina’s Outer Banks for the All-Star break.

First baseman Daryle Ward plans to take his oldest son, Jaylen, to the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History because Jaylen likes dinosaurs, then perhaps to a nearby amusement park later in the week.

“We’re not going to go too far,” Ward said. “I’m going to try to get something in on each day we have off. We need it. We went through a lot here in this first half.”

First baseman/catcher Matthew LeCroy is returning to his native Belton, S.C., to celebrate his daughter Isabella’s second birthday.

Robinson is co-sponsoring a golf tournament today at Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, Va., to benefit the American Cancer Society. After that, the Nationals’ manager said he plans to do nothing.

Pitcher Livan Hernandez and catcher Brian Schneider are returning to their respective Florida homes to relax and spend time with their families.

“No golf, no nothing,” Schneider said.

All the players are expected to report to Pittsburgh on Friday and participate in an early workout before opening the season’s second half later that night at PNC Park.

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