6/17 Big step for Nady
In the fifth inning Thursday, the Athletics had a runner at second and two outs when Rajai Davis hit the ball to right. Xavier Nady threw home, although not in time to get the runner. But the fact that he was able to scoop up the ball and throw was huge.
“That’s a big step from a mental standpoint,” said Nady, coming back from two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow.
Normally, the Cubs infielders go back to help Nady out so he doesn’t have to make a throw home. First baseman Derrek Lee asked, but Nady said he didn’t even see Lee when he fired the ball. The Cubs worked on Nady’s throwing mechanics, starting in Spring Training, and had expected him to be OK by June.
“It felt great today,” Nady said of his arm.
– Carrie Muskat