Patterson joins crowded Brewers outfield
The Triple-A Nashville Sounds will have to try to make the playoffs without their hottest hitter.
The Brewers purchased Corey Patterson’s contract on Friday and the former Cubs and Reds center fielder was in uniform No. 10 for the opener of a three-game series against the Giants. Nashville, meanwhile, was in New Orleans for the start of a four-game series to end the regular season and entered the weekend 1/2 game behind division-leading Memphis.
“My concern was trying to get here, not really the Triple-A playoffs,” Patterson said after arriving at Miller Park. “Of course, if I was down there, I would play the best I could.”
He had been playing pretty well. Picked up by the Brewers on a Minor League contract on Aug. 2, three days after he was released by the Nationals, Patterson batted .331 with five home runs, 22 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 29 games for the Sounds.
Patterson’s spot was to be filled beginning Friday by Corey Hart, who began a rehabilitation assignment as he recovers from an appendectomy.
“He played pretty well down there and deserved a promotion,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said of Patterson. “He’s got Major League experience and right now he’s a bench player, but I expect him to play a couple of games.”
Patterson joined a crowded Brewers outfield. Ryan Braun is cemented in left field, Mike Cameron is the everyday center fielder and Frank Catalanotto has made the majority of starts in right field in Hart’s absence. Two others — Jason Bourgeois and Jody Gerut — have either started in right field or spelled Cameron in center, and Patterson will presumably join that group.
With Hart expected back on Tuesday, playing time figures to be extremely tight. Manager Ken Macha conceded that he is “juggling” at a number of positions.
“I ain’t worried about it,” Patterson said. “I’ve been in pretty much every situation you can be in.”
Patterson, 30, is best known by Brewers fans for his tenure with the Cubs from 2000-2005. He has appeared in the big leagues in each of the past 10
“The biggest thing to this game is the mental approach,” Patterson said. “It’s easy to play when things are going well. The hard thing is when you’re not quite getting the results. You have to respond. Some guys are better at it than others, and I think the older I get, the better I am at that approach.”
Patterson will be a free agent after the season. With his arrival, the Brewers’ 40-man roster was once again full.