Notes: Patterson feels no pain
Right-hander plays catch, working toward return
WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander John Patterson (nerve problems in his right elbow and biceps) played catch on Thursday afternoon and didn't feel any pain.
Patterson, who returned to the Nationals on Tuesday, spent more than two weeks in Toronto to treat his ailing arm. Patterson had treatments similar to what Athletics closer Huston Street went through earlier in the year. Patterson saw chiropractors, was in a hyperbaric chamber and had homeopathic injections, lasers and frequency-specific microcurrents. These types of treatments are not approved in the United States. Patterson was working with Dr. Anthony Galea.
On Thursday afternoon, Patterson did not want to talk about what he went through in Toronto. In fact, Patterson was uncharacteristically short with the local media. He declined to say why he was so upset.
"I really just have one comment and the comment is basically, I feel good, I feel great. It's the best I've felt in two years and the treatment was a success," Patterson said. "I have a throwing program that I'm following and that's it. That's the only comment that I have."
General manager Jim Bowden said he understood why the right-hander was very short with the media.
"When you are a player and you are hurt, it's not your fault and you tend to be criticized by media and fans," Bowden said. "Certainly, he would like to do his talking on the mound and being the John Patterson that won nine [games in 2005]."
Patterson will go to Florida within a week to start working out in the Nationals' Spring Training complex. The team is hoping that he will start pitching in Major League games sometime in September.
The trade: According to a baseball source, a ruling will be handed down shortly between the Nationals and Reds.
On July 13, 2006, Washington traded pitchers Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, Daryl Thompson and infielders Royce Clayton and Brendan Harris to Cincinnati for outfielder Austin Kearns, infielder Felipe Lopez and pitcher Ryan Wagner. A few weeks after the trade, the Reds claimed that Majewski was damaged goods. However, the Reds didn't file a grievance against Washington until earlier this year. The Nationals have denied any wrong-doing, saying that Majewski was healthy when he was traded.
The Bonds watch: If he doesn't tie or break baseball's all-time home run record, Giants left fielder Barry Bonds will get a chance to reach the milestones against the Nationals in San Francisco starting Monday.
Nationals left-hander John Lannan will get the crack at Bonds. Lannan said he hasn't thought about facing Bonds as of yet. Lannan says his top priority at the moment is getting better command of his pitches.
"Barry Bonds is an amazing hitter," Lannan said. "I really haven't put that much thought into it. As it gets closer, I have to think about how Randy [pitching coach, St. Claire] and the catcher of the day wants to pitch against him."
In just two starts, Lannan has already faced superstars Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Ken Griffey Jr. They are a combined 2-for-7 against the left-hander.
"Those players are a big part of the baseball community. It's an honor and an experience. I'm glad that it is happening to me this quick," Lannan said.
Stat of the day: The Nationals had their first winning month of the season. They finished 14-12 during the month of July.
Did you know: The Nationals have won four consecutive series at RFK Stadium.
Coming up: The Nationals return to RFK Stadium on Friday night to play a three-game series against the Cardinals. The last time the two teams met was back in early May with the Nationals winning two of three games.
In Game 1 on Friday, Washington right-hander Tim Redding will face Cardinals right-hander Kip Wells.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.