Josh Willingham placed on Bereavement List
The Nationals selected outfielder Corey Patterson from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League, placed outfielder Josh Willingham on the Bereavement List and transferred right-handed pitcher Terrell Young to the 60-Day DL.
After a slow start this season, Patterson has batted .302 (35-for-116) with eight doubles, six home runs and 23 RBI over a 39-game span in May and June. His eight stolen bases in 2009 are tied for the Chiefs team lead.
Over nine Big League seasons (2000-08), Patterson has batted .253 with 104 home runs and 363 RBI in 991 career games. He possesses a rare blend of power and speed, and has posted a stolen base success rate of 74.8 (182 steals in 232 attempts) for his career. The 29-year-old ranks sixth among active major leaguers with 80 bunt hits.
A former first-round pick (third overall by Chicago-NL in 1998 Draft), Patterson signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on December 18, 2008.
Willingham has batted .294 (25-for-85) with eight home runs and a .635 slugging percentage in his last 28 games played and he has gone 10-for-28 (.357) with three homers in his last nine games.