Dear John…

The Nationals unexpectedly cut pitcher John Patterson yesterday, about a week before he was looking forward to opening the season at new Nationals Ballpark.

He’s missed most of the last two seasons due to injuries with his right forearm… and though his health was expected to be better for the start of the season, that arm tightened again in exhibition games, leading the Nats to look to some of their new (and younger) pitching prospects.
I’m a particular fan of John’s, especially as he recently married my friend and predecessor, Miss DC 2005, Shannon Schambeau Patterson. I know he’s going to be picked up – and quickly. Best of luck to you, John!
**UPDATE – John signed with the Texas Rangers.