Results tagged ‘ Xavier Nady ’

5/6 Lineup & Ramirez

Aramis Ramirez was back in the fifth spot on Thursday, one day after being dropped to sixth. Derrek Lee said after Wednesday’s game that it shouldn’t matter where you hit. Lou Piniella agreed.

“There’s too much made out of it,” Piniella said of the lineup positions. “The guys in the front part of the lineup get up one more time than the guys in the back part. That’s the big difference. … Outside of that, once the game starts, it doesn’t matter. You’re going to lead off some innings, hit second some innings. it doesn’t make any difference.”

Here’s the lineup vs. lefty Brian Burnes:

SS Theriot

CF Byrd

1B Lee

RF Nady

3B Ramirez

LF Soriano

C Soto

2B Baker

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

5/4 Lineup Tuesday & Nady

Xavier Nady started in right field Tuesday night for the Cubs in the series opener against the Pirates. Lou Piniella is trying to rotate five outfielders in three spots and said he tries to tell the players who is starting on which day.

“We communicate fairly well,” Piniella said. “Sometimes the timing isn’t right.”

Has he had a few players lobby for more playing time?

“I’ve had a few players come in,” Piniella said. “It’s nice to visit. They want to play, what can I say? I find that positive.”

The lineup Tuesday is:

SS Theriot

2B Baker

1B Lee

CF Byrd

3B Ramirez

LF Soriano

RF Nady

C Soto

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

4/24 Leadoff man & Ramirez

Marlon Byrd was the Cubs’ leadoff man on Monday in New York against a lefty but that has been the only time. Lou Piniella is still tinkering with lineup vs. southpaw pitchers. On Saturday, Ryan Theriot was back in the No. 1 spot.

“I put Theriot in the eighth spot one time and rested him the second day and he’s responded and is swinging the bat well,” Piniella said. “Right now, we have Theriot leading off and Byrd in the two hole. I don’t think it’s over with but I’m comfortable with this lineup tonight.”

Let’s just say it’s a work in progress.

“I’ve always told you guys I like to stay constant,” Piniella said. “Sometimes you have to tinker with it and sometimes we’ll give people days off and then you really have to play with it. I’d prefer to have the same leadoff hitter.”

Aramis Ramirez was back at third but dropped to fifth against Milwaukee’s Doug Davis.

“We need for him to hit,” Piniella said of the third baseman, who is batting .127, and did not start two straight games to work with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. “He’s always been an integral part of the offense before I got here and during my years here and he’s also a really good RBI guy. We need Aramis to hit, there’s no question.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/24 Lineup & roster move

The Cubs did option right-hander Jeff Samardzija to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for Ted Lilly, who was activated from the disabled list. Also, Aramis Ramirez is back in the Cubs’ lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers.

SS Theriot

CF Byrd

1B Lee

RF Nady

3B Ramirez

LF Soriano

2B Baker

C Soto

P Lilly

– Carrie Muskat

4/22 It's all about the ring

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman delivered Xavier Nady’s 2009 World Series championship ring to him personally on Wednesday at Citi Field. Nady played for the Yankees in 2008-09, but appeared in just seven games last season before needing Tommy John surgery, again, on his right elbow. He still got a ring, which was his first.

“I didn’t expect that — it meant a lot,” Nady said Thursday of the diamond-studded ring. It’s really gorgeous.”

The white gold ring has a blue stone in the center and 119 diamonds totaling nearly 4 carats. And of course, there’s the trademark interlocking “NY.”

– Carrie Muskat

 

4/21 Belated lineup info

By now, you know that Tyler Colvin is starting in right field against Mets lefty Oliver Perez and not Xavier Nady. The reason is Nady’s elbow needed an extra day of rest. He’s still being monitored in his comeback from Tommy John surgery and played back to back days Sunday and Monday for the first time this season. Nady should be back on Thursday against lefty Johan Santana. Colvin entered the game 0-for-4 against southpaw pitchers this year.

– Carrie Muskat

4/19 Lineup vs Mets

Marlon Byrd is leading off and Xavier Nady is starting in right, his second straight game for the first time this year, as Lou Piniella does some tweaking against a left-handed pitcher. It’ll be:

CF Byrd

2B Baker

1B Lee

RF Nady

3B Ramirez

LF Soriano

C Soto

SS Theriot

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

4/14 Lineup & D-Lee update

Derrek Lee was not in Wednesday’s lineup vs. the Brewers. Lee has inflammation in his right thumb, which he jammed into second base one week ago in Atlanta. He was expected back on Thursday. Here’s the lineup — and it’s a beautiful day at Wrigley:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

3B Ramirez

1B Nady

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Soto

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

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

4/12 Home sweet home, Part II

Marlon Byrd had never seen the Cubs’ home clubhouse before so he couldn’t gauge what a difference there was after an offseason of renovations. But Xavier Nady had peeked inside. He liked the new and improved digs.

“As a visitor, I’ve visited the clubhouse and saw the weight room,” Nady said. “What they’ve already done for us with the amenities inside the clubhouse, whether it’s the kitchen or the weight room or the lounge, it’s very generous. It makes you comfortable as a player. Hopefully, we can do our part by winning some games.”

Byrd said he never knew the Rangers’ had a players’ lounge at their home park because the clubhouse was so big.

“I know the guys are loving the changes they made [at Wrigley],” Byrd said. “As long as we’re playing baseball, we’re fine.”

Ryan Dempster noticed that not everything had been upgraded when he walked into the interview room after the game.

“They didn’t make this any bigger,” Dempster said.

Nope. Maybe next year.

– Carrie Muskat

 

 

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