MasterX1918 wrote:what about John Patterson? I know he'll never be the pitcher that he was in 2005, but he could still post decent numbers and could be worth a look on the WW.
As I was reading this thread Patterson came to my mind too. Here is a story on his recovery from: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080209&content_id=2369449&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
What would a healthy John Patterson mean to the Nationals in 2008? Quite a lot. They would like the right-hander to repeat his 2005 performance, when he set career highs in strikeouts (185) and had a 3.13 ERA in 31 starts.
The past two years, however, Patterson hasn't been able to duplicate his '05 season because of nerve problems in his right forearm. He pitched in a combined 15 games during that span. Almost five months after having a second surgery to fix his nerve problems, Patterson, 30, said he is feeling great and ready to play a full season.
In fact, Patterson already is pitching on a mound. Last Monday, he threw 100 pitches without having any problems. During that session, he was able to throw breaking balls.
"I'm doing really well," Patterson said. "I'm throwing five to six days a week. I'm throwing bullpens [three days a week]. ... I've been really excited. It has continually gotten better. I've had some soreness in my body, but those were muscles that I haven't used in a while. My elbow and [forearm] have been really good."
He had great stuff and need only stay healthy to be a total steal late in the draft. Now if he can only stay healthy..