Friday, May 12, 2006

NIH: Playing catch

John Patterson reportedly had a pain free round of catch today, which is great. Of course, this marks the beginning of a return process that will take three weeks in the best case, but that's fine, considering the alternative would be more setbacks, and a return closer to the fourth of July than Memorial Day.

And how healthy is too healthy? Tom Boswell floated an interesting chunk of interview in his chat today. He talked to Livan Hernandez, who had surgery to repair a bum knee that was giving him problems all of last season. It's actually possible that that LACK of injury is what's giving Livan such a hard time. Last season he had to futz around with his pitching motion to put less pressure on the knee that was bothering him, and it's apparently taking him much longer than he expected to get back into his old motion.

I hope this is the case, because it means there's a potential light at the end of the tunnel for Livan's pitching woes. It could also explain his problems in first innings, as he's needed to settle down into his motion. Of course, it's also entirely possible that he's just in the middle of a massive and horrible slump, dragging the team down with him.

So it's official, folks, it looks like we've got one ace out with an injury, and one ace struggling through being injury free. Don't you just love the Nationals?


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