May
10

Nady scheduled to begin hitting drills

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Xavier Nady, suffering from a partially torn elbow ligament, will begin hitting drills on Friday. These exercises will be a true bellwether for Nady. If the Yanks’ outfielder can swing without completely rupturing the ligament or feeling more pain, then he and the Yanks can begin thinking about rehab. Nady has been undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection regime in the hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery. If he responds well to the baseball exercises, he feels he could start a rehab assignment on Monday, May 25 with mid-June as a possible return date. He would probably just DH for the rest of the season.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies

    Isnt that right around when Matusi will be able to play the field?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Supposedly but the Yanks have been mostly silent about Matsui’s playing the field. I wouldn’t expect Matsui to play the field, but he, Nady and Posada can rotate through the DH spot depending upon opposing pitcher, etc.

      • Bob Stone

        I’ve heard they Yanks were thinking of Matsui playing the field when interleague play begins. That date is May 22nd against Philly.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          There’s one thing about that May 22nd game: It’s at home. Matsui can DH.

          Where did you hear they were thinking of playing him in the field?

          • Bob Stone

            your’re right> Interleague away isn’t until Florida on June 19th. I think it was the ESPn or SI. It was awhile ago.

            • Bob Stone

              Ben, I just looked it up. It was a May 18th article in the New York Daily News by Mark Feinsand.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

                Can you drop a link in here? May 18th hasn’t happened yet :)

                • Bob Stone

                  Sorry – typo – I meant March 18th – Here’s the link:

                  http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....d_f-1.html

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

                  Ah thanks. That’s what I thought you were talking about. I think the Yanks semis-shelved that plan when Hideki had his knee drained or adjusted or whatever happened to it last month.

                • Bob Stone

                  That’s quite possible. I haven’t heard any talk of him playing the field since that March 18th article.

    • A.D.

      Michael Kay is the only person that really believes Matsui will play the field.

  • CP3

    I really don’t see any playing time for nady if he can’t play the field. First, that is matsui’s spot and even if you put matsui in the field I would much rather put damon or swisher in the DH spot than nady.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Let’s put it this way:

      Bench now: Gardner, Peña, Berroa, Cash
      Bench in four weeks: Nady, Gardner, Molina, Peña

      That’s how Nady makes the team better.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Matsui is going to get days off. Swisher is going to get days off. During those days off Nady will play. And I’d rather have Nady start at home anyways. Swisher is dead cold at home so far. Hopefully it won’t last but if it continues I’d rather have Nady.

      • pat

        In a stadium that is seemingly inflating offensive statistics you gotta think his home/away split is purely coincidental.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Yeah I hope so.

  • pat

    I’m not too optimistic if one of the benchmarks is whether or not his elbow ligature tears completely when he takes a swing.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Just e-mail us with corrections in the future. If you see any of us in the comments, we’re right at our computers.

      • pat

        Dude, I actually thought ligature was the technical name for it and you were just being fancy. Hahah, I’d never put you on blast like that Ben. My bad.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          Hah! My bad then. A ligature is a typography term or part of a reed instrument. A ligament is what Nady’s at risk of rupturing.

          I agree though with your point generally. It can’t really be a good sign if we’re concerned that he’s ligament is going to flat-out rupture.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Even if Nady can only DH and we have to chose between hitting Matsui or hitting Nady to start a game, it’s still a nice problem to have

  • El Generalissimo

    Plus a bat off the bench late in games for Gardner, or if melky comes back to earth

  • http://www.livevideo.com/RBIRadio Joey H

    Keep him far away from Shelly Duncan.

  • Todd

    I simply have a problem with the potential roster with Nady. The team will have two full-time DHs. All I can say is they better rake.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Let me refer you to this comment. Nady makes the team better even if he’s just a threat on the bench to PH late in the game and play an inning in the field. Luis Gonzalez had a very productive season needing TJS a few years ago, and Nady, who’s younger than Gonzo was, can probably do the same.

      • pat

        I hope you gnashed your teeth or cracked your knuckles after typing Luis Gonzalez

        Effing gonzo.

      • Todd

        The issue I have with a roster that has 2 DH’s, is the lack of flexibility. Not only game to game, but what if you want to give a guy like Damon a few days off for whatever reason. Now your bench is thin and offers nothing. But I am not disputing the fact that the bench you presented is better than the current bench. But I would almost rather have Shelley Duncan because at least he can do a few things. That’s why I say Nady better hit because he does nothing else.

        • steve (different one)

          they should send down Gardner and call up Linden or J-Rod.

          Nady, Molina, Pena, Linden/J-Rod

          that’s not a bad bench.

          your bench CAN afford to have one guy who is only there to DH/pinch hit.

          but i think you need to replace Gardner with someone who can hit.

          you say “2 DH’s”, but that isn’t really accurate. Matsui is in the starting lineup, usually every day. his position just happens to be DH. he’s not a bench player.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Matsui isn’t going to play everyday. Swisher won’t play everyday. Having a bench is great.

  • Michael W.

    If Nady is unable to play the outfield this season, will the rest of the offseason enable him to return to the outfield in 2010 or will he need surgery to fix whatever’s wrong?

    Nady’s bat off the bench helps the team so long as Melky continues to be a serviceable ML outfielder. If he goes back to hitting like his line from 2008, then we’re overcrowded with players who either can’t hit or can’t play the field.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Isn’t Nady a free agent after this year?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah I think he is.

      • A.D.

        Yes

      • Michael W.

        Regardless, he’ll play somewhere. I’d think it would be in his best interest to be completely healthy instead of risking further injury.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          He’s a Boras client. That means, in my opinion, that if playing now would hurt his long-time value, he wouldn’t be playing now.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            Nah, I think the exact opposite. They’ll do whatever they can to get him on the field now to ensure the biggest possible pay day this winter, then they’ll let him fall apart after the ink dries.

            • steve (different one)

              i think no matter what, he’s going to be looking at a 1 year deal on short money next season and he’ll try to cash in the next year after he re-establishes his market value.

              Boras has done this before with guys like Millwood and Weaver. for Millwood it worked, Weaver not so much.

  • Lanny

    After a month of having Berroa as the main RH pinch hitter on the bench everyone should jump for joy if Nady is the guy.

    • Bob Stone

      Definitely a huge improvement!

    • steve (different one)

      Lanny, did you have to cut and paste the word “joy” from another person’s post? surely your keyboard would have blocked a positive sounding word like that, right?

  • A.D.

    Saito was able to come back and pitch last year, is Nady elbow that much worse that he couldn’t throw from the outfield?

    • pat

      The only difference is that Nady actually has a tendon in his elbow not a ligament. It worked for Saito because the platelets were able to help the ligament heal quickly. They’re unsure as to whether or not a tendon will react the same way.

  • touchtoneterriost

    Why can’t Nady play the field in June or July.It’s not like he has knee problems.The guy is in he’s prime.

    • steve (different one)

      you do realize you occasionally have to throw the ball as an OFer, right?