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Nothing's Brewing: Willingham injured

We have been told that Josh Willingham has stiffness on the left side of his neck, but he is available to pinch hit. I hope to have more after the game.

Willingham, Dunn drawing interest

The Rangers have been in Washington scouting the Nationals, according to a baseball source. Texas is looking for a right-handed hitter, and it is believed that it has interest in Josh Willingham, who has been one of the Nationals’ most consistent hitters this season.

Entering Friday’s action, Willingham was hitting .294 with 13 home runs and 29 RBIs. He is arguably the most sought after player on the Nationals because of his consistency with the bat.

The Tigers are another team that is interested in Willingham as well as Adam Dunn. They see both players as designated hitters. According to an industry source, the Nationals have been scouting players from Double-A Erie, a Tigers affiliate.   

In any deal, the Nationals want young pitching prospects in return.  

Phillies have interest in Willingham

The Phillies have expressed interest in Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham, but don’t expect the Nationals to acquire right-hander Kyle Kendrick for him, according to a baseball source.

The Nationals would want a good young prospect for Willingham, who is arbitration eligible the next two years. In fact, it appears that Willingham is likely to stay with the Nationals.

“[The Nationals] like the fact that Willingham is under their control for two more years,” said the source, who said the Phillies are one of many teams to have interest in Willingham.  

In other news, the Nationals are not in a rush to trade outfielder Adam Dunn, but they would deal him for the right players. According to a published report, the Tigers had interest in Dunn, but the asking price was too high.

Willingham happy to be back with Nationals

Outfielder Josh Willingham returned to the Nationals on Saturday after spending seven days with his family in Alabama. The Willinghams were mouring the death of Josh’s younger brother, Jon, who passed away in a car accident last week. 

Willingham said he could play right away, but manager Manny Acta is concerned about Willingham’s conditioning after missing seven days. For the next two days, at least, Willingham will come off the bench. Once he is ready, Willingham will be the everyday right fielder, while Austin Kearns becomes a reserve. Entering Saturday’s action, Willingham is hitting .246 with nine home runs and 12 RBIs. 

“As we know, Josh wasn’t doing any baseball activities over there, so he is going to hit and do some baseball activities today,” Acta said. “If there is a chance, we’ll probably pinch-hit him if he feels that he could do it. It’s going to take a day or two before he can be out there playing for us.”

The media wasn’t allowed to ask Willingham about his brother, but he said it’s therapeutic to be back with the team.

“It’s good to have people — familiar faces and friends — you care about and you care about them. They are hurting with you.” Willingham said.              

Willingham returning Saturday; Patterson sent down

Outfielder Josh Willingham will return to the Nationals on Saturday. He has been on the bereavement list since late last week because of his brother, Jon, who passed away in a car accident.

With Willingham returning, the Nationals have optioned Corey Patterson to Triple-A Syracuse. He played great defense, but had problems with the bat, going 2-for-15 with six strikeouts this season. Patterson said he most likely will accept the assignment to Syracuse. 

Willingham will return to his role as the everyday right fielder.


Willingham to return soon; Young close to rehab assignment

Outfielder Josh Willingham, on the bereavement list because of the death of his brother, Jon, is not expected back with team until the weekend series against the Blue Jays. Players on the BL have three to seven days before returning to the team.

“He has a few tough days [down in Alabama]. He is going to use the full seven days,” manager Manny Acta said.   

Dmitri Young is still working out at the Nationals’ Spring Training complex, but is expected to begin his rehab assignment within a week. Once he gets to Triple-A Syracuse, the Nationals will have 20 days to decide if Young will play for the Major League team. Young, who makes $5 million, is a free agent after this season.            

Left-hander Scott Olsen, on the disabled list because of a sore left shoulder, is scheduled to come off the disabled list sometime next week. But the team wants to see him throw at least five innings for Syracuse before he is activated. Olsen has thrown no more than three inning since he started his rehab assignment        

Willingham on Bereavement List; Patterson called up

The Nationals selected the contract of outfielder Corey Patterson from Triple-A Syracuse, placed outfielder Josh Willingham on the Bereavement List and transferred right-hander Terrell Young to the 60-day disabled list.

Willingham is on the Bereavement List because his brother passed away in a car accident on Friday. He was hitting .294 (25-for-85) with eight home runs in his past 28 games.

After a slow start this season, Patterson batted .302 (35-for-116) with six home runs and 23 RBIs over a 39-game span in May and June.

Willingham may return to lineup Wednesday

Nationals manager Manny Acta is hoping that outfielder Josh Willingham will start against the Reds on Wednesday. Willingham has missed the last week because of a viral infection.

When he returns to the lineup, Willingham will play right field instead of left. Willingham has never played the position during his career, but was working out in right the last three days. 

Acta stopped short of saying that Willingham would be the everyday right fielder. For most of the season, Willingham has been alternating with outfielder Austin Kearns, but Kearns is hitting .214 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. Willingham, on the other hand, is hitting .252 with nine home runs and 12 RBIs.

“Once Josh shows he can swing the bat the way he was swinging it, then he is probably going to go out there more often than not,” Acta said.     

Olsen going on rehab assignment

Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen, on the disabled list because of a sore left shoulder, will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac starting on Tuesday. He is going to throw three innings or 50 pitches.

“We are not going to talk about the next start because we have to see how he feels or if he is going to take another step back,” Acta said. “We are very encouraged about the way he has been throwing the ball. I’m looking forward to his first rehab start.”

When Olsen comes back, one of the starters in the young rotation has to be sent down to Triple-A Syracuse. It will mostly likely be between left-hander Ross Detwiler and right-hander Craig Stammen.

“It’s not going to be a bad decision to get one of these guys to go down there and continue to get some experience,” Acta said.  

In other news, outfielder Josh Willingham, who has missed the last six games because of a viral infection, is getting stronger, and the Nationals are hoping that he play against the Reds on Tuesday.    

Olsen back in town; Willingham takes batting practice

Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen, on the disabled list because of a sore left shoulder, returned to Nationals Park after spending several weeks at the team’s complex in Viera, Fla.

After rehabbing the shoulder, Olsen pitched two innings in an extended spring game recently. According to manager Manny Acta, Olsen will soon have a rehab assignment for  Class-A Potomac. The Nationals are hoping that Olsen will be activated from the disabled list during the middle of June.

In other news, Josh Willingham, who missed the last three games because of a viral infection, took batting practice on Friday. He is feeling much better and available to pinch-hit in Friday’s game against the Mets.