Report: Nady may be out for the season

By Jon Lane
Peter Abraham is reporting that although nothing is official yet, the word is that Xavier Nady will need surgery and miss the season.

Update: Nady told reporters at Tropicana Field that he’s seeing the
team doctor tomorrow in New York. While he didn’t want to confirm the
rumor he’ll be out for the season, he added that an MRI given to him this morning showed a tear
and surgery will be needed. He will be placed on the disabled list today.

More as this story develops and on YES, beginning with Yankees Batting Practice Today at 3 p.m. In the meantime, will Shelley Duncan, John Rodriguez or someone else be called up from Scranton to take Nady’s place on the roster? Who do you think? Not sure if this means anything, but River Ave. Blues notes that Austin Jackson and Kevin Russo were pulled from this afternoon’s Triple-A game.

3:21 p.m. Abraham cleared up a few things in his blog post: Nady
will go on the DL and while noting the team doctor will examine him
tomorrow, those MRI results were not good news. Russo, Duncan or Juan
Miranda could get the call-up, but it will not be Jackson. He’s the
Yankees’ future in center field and will be with the big club only when
he’s ready to play every day.

Today’s Lineups
yankees.jpgYANKEES (4-4)
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Brett Gardner CF
Ramiro Pena 3B
Jose Molina C

Andy Pettitte (4-4)

Notable absence: Hideki Matsui (.125) is out of the lineup for the second consecutive game.

rays.jpgRAYS (4-4)
B.J. Upton CF
Carl Crawford LF
Pat Burrell DH
Carlos Pena 1B
Willy Aybar 3B
Jason Bartlett SS
Gabe Kapler RF
Michel Hernandez C
Akinori Iwamura 2B

Andy Sonnanstine P

4 Comments

Like Nady will go on the disabled list the yankees should go ahead and sign Bernie Williams. That would be a good thing to do.

Or we should have traded him for a player like Mark DeRosa or signed Ty Wiggington to be our utility player instead of Angel Berroa and Cody Ransom.

CALL UP MARCOS VECHIONACCI, DAVID ROBERTSON AND BRETT TOMKO. DEMOTE CODY RANSOM AND ABALDEJO, NADY TO DL.

The ideal situation is to annoint Swisher the RFer and bring up Marcos Vechionacci.
With Melky, Damon, Gardner and Swisher already on the squad, how much playing time would another outfielder get? Unless that outfielder can also play another position, like a Shelley Duncan. He would beat out a Juan Miranda who plays first, and is not only behind Mark Tex in the depth chart, but does not have a great glove to begin with.
If we bring up an OFer, his role is going to include possible late innings replacements, spot starts, and pinch hitting in possible clutch situations. Are we ready to hand that off to a guy who would sit in a crowded outfield and has yet to have a major league at-bat? Or, do we use Nady going down as an opportunity to bring up another infielder to either try and man third, or be the utility player.
Forget Cody Ransom for a moment. If Ramiro Pena can at least hit .250 and play stellar defense at third, we can use Vech or Ransom as a utility infielder with the other being demoted. At that point, I think a Brett Tomko call-up to fill the long relief void is best (our long reliever is Abaldejo? And he can only go 3 innings?). The idea wold be to see Vech play at the major league level, and light a fire under Ransom. Whichever does not produce, goes back down.
My picks:

1-Shelley Duncan – RF/1B – AAA – experienced bat, dual positions. If call-up’s in limited role, he is the best cheerleader.
2-Marcos Vechionacci – INF – AAA – Cody Ransom, Ramiro Pena. The waterfall has started, why stop?
3- Juan Miranda – 1B – AAA – Tearing up the minors. Led the Cuban national team. Trade bait or contributor in wings?
4- Austin Jackson – CF/LF – AAA – The next hyped positional Yankee prospect is nearing his debut.

Obviously Nick Swisher will be he starting Right Fielder for the time being. Lets look at some facts that need to be looked at before we start calling up minor leaguers. In order for a player to be called up he must be on the 40 man roster. Currently the only position players that the Yankees have that are in the minors and on the 40 are Juan Miranda and Francisco Cervelli. If the Yankees place Nady on the 60 day Disabled List (which seems likely) it will open 1 position on the 40. If the Yankees decide to fill that positon with a different position player (instead of waiting and possibly using it on a more well though out need such as maybe Mark Melancon) it will probably be either John Rodriquez, Shelly Duncan or Angel Berroa. Why one of these players? If they get promoted and need to sent down they can be outrighted (which will give every other team a chance at them), if one of these guys is lost its not that big of a deal. If we add a young prospect now, and we need to make a move, we will have some very difficult decisions. How bad? Maybe losing a Humberto Sanchez, Jon Albeladejo, or Cervelli.
To address a few of the names that have been mentioned:
Vecchionacci is hitting below .150 in AA so I dont think he would even be a callup to AAA. Jackson will not be called up unless he will play every day while he is up here. At this point that seems unlikely unless someone else gets hurt. I do look forward to seeing him in the Bronx this fall though. I know that none of the people that are easily available can play Third. Just chill a few more weeks. AROD is almost back.

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