3/26 Nady to play OF Saturday

Xavier Nady will test his arm from the outfield on Friday in BP. Lou Piniella expected Nady to play the outfield on Saturday and he’ll also get some time at first base this spring. The goal is to use Nady a couple times a week in the outfield.

“Nady’s a force — he can swing it,” Piniella said of the outfielder, coming off Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Nady expected to go to the Minor Leagues to get some at-bats.

“Knock on wood, [my elbow has] felt good other than getting smoked in the hand the other day,” Nady said.

He was hit by a pitch by an Oakland Minor League pitcher. X-rays were negative. He’s still working on his throwing mechanics with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

— Carrie Muskat

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