Xavier Nady‘s 2009 season was not meant to be. During a game with the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Nady reinjured his right elbow making a throw. This is the same elbow that has kept him off the major league squad since April 14.
Nady told teammates that he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and that he will most likely need ligament-replacement surgery, also known as Tommy John surgery.
Nady is done for at least the 2009 season and Since Tommy John surgery takes over a year to recover from Xavier Nady has most likely played his last game in pinstripes. He is going to miss the rest of this season and at least half of the 2010 season.
With Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Xavier Nady and Melky Cabrera all in the last year of their contract, its likely the team will only bring back one or two of the free agents. Austin Jackson, the SWB Yankees center fielder, will also most likely be ready for duty next season in the Yankees outfield. Xavier Nady is more then likely an odd man out.
Also Friday, Derek Jeter, who turned 35 today, was pulled out of the lineup due to a respitory ailment. He apparently has a bad cough. When asked by reporters how he felt, Jeter responded “Great” and then immediately coughed. No word on whether he was being a wise-ass or if he actually coughed.