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 WASHINGTON (AP) -Nationals right-hander John Patterson had surgery on a nerve in his pitching arm Friday, and the team thinks he could be throwing again by November.
Patterson was Washington's opening day starter, but he wound up making only seven appearances, going 1-5 with a 7.47 ERA, before heading to the disabled list in early May.
``We are excited about the surgery. The outlook looks good,'' Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said. ``Clearly, there was a major problem that had to be resolved.
``We have time to be able to get him on the mound, hopefully by November, so we can kind of see where he is when decisions need to be made.''
Bowden also said left-hander Micah Bowie will go to St. Louis to have a sports hernia repaired. Bowie will go on the 60-day disabled list and miss the rest of the season.

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