Nats reinstate Josh Willingham

The Nats reinstated outfielder Josh Willingham from the Bereavement List and optioned outfielder Corey Patterson to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs today.


Willingham missed the last six games after he was placed on the Bereavement List on June 13. He is batting .294 (25-for-85) with eight home runs and a .635 slugging percentage in his last 28 games played. He is 10-for-28 (.357) with three homers in his last nine games. The 30-year-old ranks third on the Nationals with nine home runs, despite playing in only 44 of the team’s 66 games. Willingham has averaged one home run every 13.56 at bats this season, second on the club behind only Adam Dunn (1/12.83).


Patterson, 29, batted .133 (2-for-15) with two stolen bases in five games with Washington.

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