4/12 Extra bases: Nady, Dempster & more
Xavier Nady said his right elbow is passing all the tests but he still has to be careful. Nady, coming off Tommy John surgery last year, started in right field on Monday and was able to make the throws, although second baseman Jeff Baker did go deep into the outfield for the relay throw.
“I’ll just keep grinding away with the shoulder exercises,” Nady said. “It’s a long process and I understand you have to be patient.”
Of course, he didn’t expect to switch to first base, which requires a few more throws.
“That’s the last thing I wanted to do was turn a double play and drop down sidearm,” Nady said. “I just have to be smart and keep working at it. It’s going to be a long process.”
* Aramis Ramirez’s home run in the fourth was his 600th career extra-base hit.
* Ryan Theriot had two stolen bases, the seventh multi-steal game of his career. The Cubs swiped four on Monday, the most since they stole six on June 3, 2008, vs. San Diego.
* Derrek Lee has reached base in all seven games this year. He had two singles before he left the game with inflammation in his right thumb.
* Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun on Ryan Dempster:
“He’s one of those pitchers that when he gets a big lead, he just wants to throw strikes,” Braun said. “I remember that Ben Sheets was kind of the same way. When he gets a lead he wants to throw strikes, have quick innings. We scored some runs against [Dempster] but ultimately it’s about winning the game.”
Dempster admits he wasn’t as sharp as his first start against Atlanta.
“I didn’t throw the ball like I wanted but it doesn’t matter because we won the game,” Dempster said. “That’s the most important thing. Sometimes when you have a big lead, you tend to be unaggressive and I think that’s what I did for a little time there.”
* The plan for most of the players on Tuesday, an off day, is to unpack.
“My kids, they’ve been missing me,” Marlon Byrd said. “I’m going to run around with them all day.”
— Carrie Muskat