Nady set for Scranton rehab

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The Twitters are all abuzz with word of a Xavier Nady sighting. Per the Yankees PR Twitter account, Nady will begin a rehab assignment this Wednesday in Scranton. There is no indication yet as to how long Nady will be in Scranton. The rehab clock runs for 30 days, but I would expect him back in the Bronx by the first week of July. If he’s going out on rehab, the Yankees feel he can play the outfield. His return would bring some solid depth to the Yankees’ bench.

Update by Mike (5:40pm): Since we’re on the subject on rehab assignments, I just wanted to mention that Cody Ransom’s rehab and DL assignment both end this coming Wednesday. So unless Ransom manages to reinjure himself within the next two days, he’ll be replacing Angel Berroa on the roster later this week.

It takes a village
Open Thread: An RAB PSA
  • jsbrendog

    has he even started throwing from big boy distances yet? i know he started light tossing but i hope he’s actually ready and not being rushed or rushing because he sees him free agent deal losing zeroes every day…

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      i hope he’s actually ready and not being rushed or rushing because he sees him free agent deal losing zeroes every day…

      To paraphrase Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau, I’m certain Scott Boras is confident that he can get a good contract for an injured ham sandwich.

      He’d probably want 1 month of fully healthy Nady in September over 3 months of partially healing Nady in July, August, and September. So I doubt Boras is eager to “rush” Nady.


      • jsbrendog

        touche, a healthy nady for 1 month is better than a not so healthy one for 3…but i wouldnt think itd be boras…i mean, how is nady different from jeter/arod/etc with the “im fine coach imr eady” when theyre def not.

        just wondering, but you do make a good point

        in other news, royals sign ham sandwich to lucrative deal despite it having a lower obp than jeff francouer. Turkey sub is being scouted for relief role.

        • mtt

          Turkey sub already plays for the Royals, but most people call it Willie Bloomquist.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Since when did Yankee fans become either a bunch of worry-wort hypochondriacs or back-seat medical drivers? He’s been rehabbing and building up strength slowly for a while. I’m sure he’s fine to begin an assignment at AAA.

      • jsbrendog

        but you, or one of your cohorts, mentioned not too long ago, like prob a week, that he had only just started tossing pain free from something small, like 60 feet?

        and now he’s all of a sudden ready to go?

        since when did ben become a snarky response guy?

        youre right, im a worry wort hypochondriac or bakc seat medical driver for knowing it takes time to build up strength and having been told that he had just started to do so. and it makes me a ocmplete douchenozzle for not stating it as fact and phrasing it as a question that could be answered.

        that jsbrendog is such a jerk.


        • Benjamin Kabak

          Nady began his throwing program on June 1. That’s three weeks ago, and that’s when he was tossing from 60 feet.

          He’s probably not back to full distance yet, but that’s why he’s on a rehab assignment and not in the Bronx.

          Apologies for the snark but between this and the A-Rod news, everyone who is a Yankee fan is now a doctor questioning the team’s medical staff’s ability to deal with injuries. It’s sort of ridiculous.

          • jsbrendog

            i was only questioning the time frame, which i was sooo way off on i am kinda feeling retarded. my bad. the days og by. but seriously, there was no questioning of the medical staff, it was questioning if he was ready and questioning his return more so from his perspective of i want to get out there and play im ready for a rehab assignment even if im not 100% not oh teh yankees medssuck staff cause of teh wang and arod hips.

            • jsbrendog

              i feel the comment about the losing zeroes daily makes that but ill drop it. my ba don the time frame and thanks for the apology.

              i know how frustrating it can get with all the noise going on around here.

              hopefully nayd comes back and gives up too many good outfielders.

          • Mike HC

            They admitted to messing up with Wang’s injury. They have also tacitly admitted to not giving A-Rod enough rest right after surgery, which resulted in fatigue and poor performance. These were two recent bad decisions in very close proximity to one another. I think it is fair to question the Yanks medical staff’s ability to deal with injuries.

            • ChrisS

              Agreed, not to mention that Nady is coming off a serious injury to a previously surgically repaired throwing arm that he tried to rehab without surgery this time in order to get some playing time this season before he becomes a free agent. I can’t imagine why would want to do that instead of having the surgery and missing the whole season.

              I’d say the odds on Nady finishing the season without another DL stint, if he plays the OF, are about 50/50. All it takes is one throw to undo 2 months of therapy and treatment.

        • The Artist

          “since when did ben become a snarky response guy?”

          Oh please. Ben’s always been ‘snarky response guy’.And its enormously entertaining, unless you’re on the receiving end of it. Just not your day, big guy.

          • jsbrendog

            we will rise again.

            • The Artist

              You and the South.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            And its enormously entertaining, unless you’re on the receiving end of it.

            Not gonna touch that one.

            • The Artist

              You and your dirty mind.

              That would be even more entertaining, I’m sure.

  • The Artist

    “So unless Ransom manages to reinjure himself within the next two days, he’ll be replacing Angel Berroa on the roster later this week.”

    . . . or DFA’d. I don’t see Ransom replacing Berroa, as big a waste as he’s been. But then again, I have no idea why Berroa’s on the roster in the first place.

    Maybe they would see Ransom as a defensive upgrade, but they have Pena for that.

    • jsbrendog

      its kind of hard to decide which one is better, berroa or ransom….maybe just ransom cause of his vertical leap…but berroa does need to provide for 9 kids….

      basically this is even more of a wash than tomko/veras. at least there there was some slim argument either way

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Since he’ll be superfluous when Ransom is activated, maybe we can deal Berroa first. I’d propose we include him in the rumored Jeff Francouer/Jose Guillen swap that the Braves and Royals are discussing. Here’s how it would work:

        Braves get: Jose Guillen
        Royals get: Jeff Francouer
        Either Braves or Royals get: Angel Berroa
        Yankees get: the privilege of not having Angel Berroa anymore

        • Jake K.


      • dkidd

        dfa them both, but give them a prime spot in the times square subway station. ransom does vertical leap demos while berroa’s nine kids collect donations

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Since we’re on the subject on rehab assignments, I just wanted to mention that Cody Ransom’s rehab and DL assignment both end this coming Wednesday. So unless Ransom manages to reinjure himself within the next two days, he’ll be replacing Angel Berroa on the roster later this week.

    I can hardly contain my excitement.

  • The Artist

    I guess we should welcome Nady, considering who he’d be replacing on the roster (Berroa/Ransom). But I just don’t see how a corner OF/DH fits this team in any way.

    We already have 5 OF in Gardner, Damon, Swisher, Cabrera and sort of Matsui. We’re not going to have a ton of AB’s for Matsui of we’re DHing Alex once a week and Posada 1-2 times per week. So is Nady and Matsui supposed to split 4 games per week?

    Do we send down Gardner? I don’t think so. I think Nady will at best be a LF, I don’t see them asking him to make long throws from RF with that elbow hanging by a thread. So do we DH Damon those days?

    I just don’t see where he fits in, unless someone gets hurt.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Well, the bench is most definitely going to have a backup catcher, a 4th outfielder, and a utility infielder, and those three things are Cervelli, Gardner, and Peña, respectively. Up until now, we’ve been carrying a second UTI (Berroa or Ransom), but originally, the plan was for only one UTI and two extra outfielders.

      I think it’s time to return to Plan A. Carry both Gardner and Nady as spare outfielders, DFA Berroa, and DFA Ransom when he returns, offer both of them spots in Scranton. Gardner and Nady both get starts giving all three of our primary outfielders a breather, and Gardner is the normal LIDS and Nady the pinch hitter. He can also spell Matsui at DH.

      Peña can handle backing up all three infield spots. If there’s an injury to ARod/Jeter/Cano, then we demote Gardner for more IF depth.

      • ChrisS

        Gardner is better than Melky and should be starting.

        If I had to choose between Gardner’s speed, OBP, .725 OPS, and defense, and Melky’s .650 OPS and throwing arm, I’m taking Gardner.

        The DH is going to be a giant clusterf*ck of Matsui (who can’t play the field), Nady (who isn’t a better hitter and can barely play the field), and A-Rod/Posada/Damon (who through planned time off and miscellaneous aches and pains will need a 1/2 day off every now and again).

    • The Artist

      Another thing, Nady’s career avg #’s would be a step down from anyone else on our roster, and a step down from Matsui this season. .792 career OPS for Nady and .820 for Matsui this year.

      • Accent Shallow

        However, Nady provides a lot of flexibility. He can sub for Swisher, Damon, or Matsui without a huge dropoff in production.

        • The Artist

          As a Right fielder? I doubt that.

          • Accent Shallow

            RF may be a stretch; we’ll see where his arm is, and how comfortable the Yankees feel with that in right. He didn’t exactly have a cannon pre-injury, so an injured Nady may be limited to LF/DH.

            Even limited to those positions, he provides flexibility, since that enables the Yankees to sit Damon (and DH Matsui), sit Matsui, or sit Swisher (although that requires Damon in CF, or Melky in RF with Gardner in CF)

            • The Artist

              You have 4 OF already, and a DH who figures to lose time to Alex and Jorge even w/o Nady. How much rest do these guys need?

              • Accent Shallow

                Both Matsui and Damon are fragile and not capable of playing 162 games any more, so quite a bit. But mostly, the issue is his bat — he’s a better hitter than either Melky, Gardner or Pena, so he allows a more circular lineup.

  • RalphieD

    there is absolutley no way the yankees should demote gardner…no way at all…hes a great backup outfielder (if not starter) and is so valuable a pinch runner….

    • Accent Shallow

      If Melky heats back up, I can see it. However, Melky hasn’t played well enough recently to be assured of the job.

  • Accent Shallow

    We’re focusing so much on what the Yankees should do, how about what they’re most likely to do?

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Pena demoted for Nady, then Berroa designated when Ransom returns.

  • stuart

    gardner is going no where. worse case scenario he is a great late inning pinch runner… his bat has been more then acceptable lately.

    the ransom news is great, he is no star but a serious upgrade over berroa. ransom is more versatile, just as fast, with way more power..

    when berroa exits on weds. last total waste of roster spot is Tomko, he should be gone immediately also, he is total junk…

  • stuart

    when nady comes back maybe they go with 1 less pitcher so ransom and pena can stay on the roster but we will see how that looks in about 2 weeks………

    pena at 23 has upside and maybe everyday in AAA is a good thing…

  • thebusiness

    Melky should have been traded already.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah think of the Johan you stupid Cashman!

    • Accent Shallow

      For what? There’s very few trades this early in the season. Maybe Cashman could have foisted Melky on the White Sox when they had their CF issues, but at what return?

      • ChrisS

        Maybe a AA RHP? I don’t know, what’s a middling defensive CFer with a .600 OPS worth these days? A DFA?

        Melky had his chance, he had a hot start for all of 3 weeks and for the last 6 he’s sucked. Sell him to LAD based on his clutchiness.

  • Rich James

    X’s return does indeed help the bench…now Swisher will be on it!!!

    • Accent Shallow

      The team isn’t going to change their starting lineup to match your personal aesthetics.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That comment was poor, James.