Notes: Patterson works on mechanics

Notes: Patterson works on mechanics

WASHINGTON -- A few minutes after talking to the media on Monday afternoon, Nationals right-hander John Patterson received a visit from Baseball Hall of Famer Don Sutton, who is the team's TV analyst.

According to Patterson, Sutton said it appeared that the right-hander was not relaxed on the mound and was slow in his delivery. Patterson agreed with Sutton, and said he needed to speed things up.

"He felt I didn't look loose and free like I normally am," Patterson said.

But that wasn't Patterson only problem. He looked at videotapes of some of his most successful starts on Tuesday afternoon and realized that he had mechanical issues. Patterson said that his shoulder was pointed toward third base. The shoulder needs to be facing the plate like his left leg.

"It's a pretty simple fix. It's speeding up my delivery a little bit and getting my direction a little bit more in line," Patterson said. "I need to keep shoulder going the right way. If I'm not perfect, there are a lot of places that could go wrong. I have to get it working together."

Young at heart: Dmitri Young is a realist. He recently said that he understands that his time at first base in temporary because the position belongs to Nick Johnson, who is on the disabled list with a broken leg. In fact, Young has encouraged Johnson to get better and help the team.

In the interim, Young wants to lose more weight and play other positions for the Nationals. Young declined to say how much weight he lost already. He has spent most of his career as an outfielder and designated hitter.

"When Nick Johnson comes back, I'm getting myself in shape, where I can bounce around and play other positions. That's another reason I'm doing the cardio, drop the extra weight, so I can go back to the outfield if needed and help this team turn its reputation around."

Coming up: The Nationals return to RFK on Wednesday afternoon to play the Marlins at 1:05 ET. Left-hander Matt Chico will take the mound for Washington, while right-hander Anibal Sanchez will pitch for the Florida.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.