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Xavier Nady headed for Tommy John elbow surgery

Jul 2, 2009, 3:26 PM EST

As expected, the Yankees have confirmed that Xavier Nady will undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery, likely ending his time in New York after just 66 games.

Nady was acquired from the Pirates last July with his value at an
all-time high thanks to a fluky .330 batting average, but he’d hit a
more modest .272/.327/.441 coming into the season and predictably
regressed to those numbers by batting .268/.320/.474 in 59 post-trade
games with the Yankees.

Nady took over as the Yankees’ starting right fielder this season
following the departure of free agent Bobby Abreu, but played just
seven games before leaving a mid-April game with a “sharp pain” in his
elbow. Reports immediately surfaced that he’d need surgery, but Nady
opted instead to rehab the injury and appeared to be making solid
progress in his recovery before suffering a setback in a minor-league
game last week.

Now he’s facing 9-12 months on the sidelines and the Yankees seem
unlikely to make a strong effort to re-sign the impending free agent
when bigger, healthier bats will no doubt be available this winter. All
of which means that they’ll end up parting with Jose Tabata, Ross
Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutcheon for 66 games of Nady
hitting .270/.319/.469 and 23.2 innings of a 7.61 ERA from Damaso
Marte.

Meanwhile, the Pirates have already gotten 238 innings of 4.57 ERA
pitching from Ohlendorf and Karstens, both of whom are in their mid-20s
and under team control at low salaries for the foreseeable future.
Tabata was actually the centerpiece of the deal and at 20 years old
still has considerable long-term upside, but he’s battled injuries
while hitting just .269/.343/.359 in 135 games at Double-A since the
trade.

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