Washington Nationals SP John Patterson (forearm) will undergo exploratory surgery on his right forearm to examine the median nerve and lacertus fibrosis. Patterson has been limited to eight starts this season due to recurring tightness in his forearm.
Patterson, 28, was 9-7 in a masterful season in 2005 with a 3.13 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 198.1 innings. His 2006 likely ends with a 1-2 record and a 4.43 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.
Hold on to Patterson for now until more information is known after the surgery. But be prepared to release him, as his season is likely over. Starter Mike O'Connor will likely take his place in the rotation for the rest of the season. However, he doesn’t have much fantasy value.
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Dodson is a KFFL Contributor and has been with KFFL since 2002.
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