Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Xavier Nady: "Not Good"

Looks like the Yanks could be without their "X" for the foreseeable future, and maybe the entire season.
New York Yankees right-fielder Xavier Nady will be put on the disabled list with a right elbow injury and could be sidelined for an extended period.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that the initial report from an MRI exam on Nady's elbow "is not good."

"We're planning on DLing him Thursday," Girardi said.

Nick Swisher will replace Nady in right field.

It's funny how these things work out. During spring training and even in the first week of the season, there were many Yankee fans who wondered how Nick Swisher would ever get into the lineup given the Yankees outfield situation. Well, problem solved. The lesson is simple: depth is a good thing.

I don't think this injury is catastrophic for the Yankees, but it does cut into the limited depth on their bench. The Yankees are an old roster even with Mark Teixeira, so injuries, especially later on in the season, have to be a concern.

With that said, I don't think it's out of the question to assume that the Yankees will eventually be looking for a right handed OF bat to replace Nady. Two names that come to mind: Josh Willingham and Austin Kearns.

Any thoughts?

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