"We got him finally healthy. We got him where he was never on an injury list. But he never got the stuff back, unfortunately."
(Jim Bowden, via Nationals dot com, 3/20/2008)
"I don't think I was progressing as fast as they wanted me to progress. They didn't see what they wanted to see."
(John Patterson, via Chatter/Washington Times, 3/20/2008)
"...We'd rather let the younger kids go out there and develop. This had nothing to do with one particular start or outing. It was the whole spring training."
(Manny Acta, via Nationals Journal, 3/20/2008)
Time, time, time: Time runs out for the (former) almost-Ace...
Time for Nats, fans, to stop holding their collective breath waiting for the Real John Patterson. Time to scratch one big "If" off the list for the rotation (and replace it with another).
But -- did Patterson just need a little more time? Was Jimbo too hung up on velocity? Is JP a lost cause? Watch your back, Shawn Hill?
Well, at the very least, if he doesn't catch on with another big league club, there's plenty of room in Columbus.
The Big Nasty Truth: Ted Lerner reportedly seen this afternoon burying the ~$600K he saved by releasing JP today under home plate at Nationals Park. Kidding, of course.
JP or not, we're still feeling sick about the '08 rotation.
Best of luck to you John, wherever you end up.
(AP Photo by Nati Harnik)