- The Washington Times - Monday, March 26, 2007

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — John Patterson’s strange bout with dehydration won’t keep him from starting Opening Day for the Washington Nationals. Nook Logan’s groin injury will.

Both players experienced minor medical emergencies Saturday at Space Coast Stadium, but Patterson’s doesn’t appear to be serious. The right-hander became dizzy during batting practice and had to be given three bags of intravenous fluid to combat dehydration. He was sent home to rest but was back at the ballpark yesterday morning and said he was back in top shape.

“After I got the fluid in me, everything calmed down, and I was fine,” Patterson said.

Patterson said he never lost consciousness, and an electrocardiogram test revealed no problems with his heart. He’s due to throw in the bullpen today and made his last scheduled exhibition start Wednesday in preparation for his Opening Day assignment against the Florida Marlins.

Still, the experience Saturday wasn’t a pleasant one.

“I was really dizzy,” he said. “It was like everything was spinning around me, and my body felt kind of numb and a little tingly. It’s not a very fun feeling. I expected it to go away, and it just kept getting stronger.”

Unlike Patterson, Logan’s condition worsened yesterday. After straining his right groin muscle during Saturday’s game, the center fielder expressed optimism he would be back on the field soon and ready for Opening Day. But he acknowledged he was pretty sore yesterday, and manager Manny Acta said Logan will be out “at least two weeks.”

“It’s just too sore to do anything,” Logan said. “I mean, I don’t think it’s anything serious. But yesterday it felt a lot better.”

Schneider returns

Catcher Brian Schneider played for the first time yesterday after sitting out the past week with a left hamstring strain.

Schneider, who hit second in the order in an effort to get as many at-bats as possible, went 0-for-2, played two innings behind the plate and left the game without any problems.

“I feel very good,” he said. “I didn’t feel it at all. We got what we accomplished today. I caught a couple innings and got two at-bats with no pain at all.”

The Nationals planned to re-evaluate Schneider’s leg last night. He could serve as designated hitter today against the Detroit Tigers.

Extra bases

Minor leaguer Rogearvin Bernadina will be promoted to the big league squad today and will play a few innings in center field against the Tigers. General manager Jim Bowden said the club wants to look at Bernadina, who has never played above Class A, just to see how he handles the situation. …

Pitchers Tim Redding, Billy Traber and Jermaine Van Buren all cleared waivers and were outrighted to Class AAA Columbus, opening up three spots on the Nationals’ 40-man roster.

White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten attended yesterday’s game as a guest of Bowden. Bolten, who watched batting practice from behind the cage, is a friend of the Washington general manager.

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