Friday, April 21, 2006

Orioles Remain Hopeful About Corey Patterson

Over the first three weeks of the season OF Corey Patterson, 26, once projected as a promising blend of power, defense and speed, was given only a dozen chances to bat for the Orioles. Appearing only intermittently, Patterson had only one hit, a single. But with the veteran David Newhan, a potential .300 hitter, missing time with an injury, Patterson will find himself in the lineup more often and with a renewed chance to redeem himself. The team remains hopeful that Patterson can rediscover the talent that once made him one of the most exciting rookies in the game, and avoid whatever it was that put him in the doghouse when Patterson played for Cubs manager Dusty Baker.