- 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.”


“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.


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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