Results tagged ‘ Xavier Nady ’

4/12 Lee pulled from game

First baseman Derrek Lee had to leave Monday’s game because of inflammation in his right thumb. Lee grimaced after he singled in the third inning, and again after he singled in the fourth and was replaced at first by Xavier Nady. Lee has been bothered by the thumb since he jammed it sliding into second base. His status was day to day. We should have more post-game.

– Carrie Muskat

4/12 Lineup vs Brewers

Xavier Nady got the start in right field Monday and Jeff Baker is at second.

SS Theriot

CF Byrd

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Nady

LF Soriano

2B Baker

C Soto

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

4/11 The last time …

… the Cubs had a player jump from the Draft to the big leagues was Burt Hooton. The Draft began in 1965, and Hooton is the only player since then to make his pro debut without playing in the Minor Leagues. Hooton did so June 17, 1971, vs. St. Louis at the age of 21. He started and went 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs in a 7-6 Cubs win.

Reds pitcher Mike Leake is starting Sunday, fresh out of Arizona State University. Xavier Nady also did so in 2000 with the Padres.

“The reports on [Leake] are he keeps the ball down, throws strikes and he’s very advanced professional wise for a pitcher who just signed,” Lou Piniella said. “We’ll see what he features and let’s see how he responds and we respond.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/9 Lineup vs. Reds

Tyler Colvin was back in the Cubs’ lineup Friday vs. the Reds, starting in center field, and Xavier Nady was starting in right. Colvin, who made his first start of the year on Thursday in Atlanta and hit a home run, was batting second while Nady was fifth. The lineup is:

SS Theriot

CF Colvin

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Nady

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Silva

Lou Piniella said rotating the outfielders in and out isn’t easy. And it’s only the fourth game.

“Once we get a few of these guys at-bats, we’ll probably just play Nady against left-hand pitchers, as soon as we start playing left-handers, and then we can get Colvin in there from time to time,” Piniella said. “Look, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do. We’re doing the best we can.

“Invariably what will happen is the guys who are doing the best are the guys who will get the bulk of the playing time,” Piniella said. “That’s the way it was when I played and that’s the way it is still. We’ll get everybody in there and get them some at-bats and go from there.”

This was Hill’s second straight start as well. Piniella said he planned on matching Geovany Soto with Carlos Zambrano on Saturday for the day game, and didn’t want Soto catching Friday night and then Saturday day.

– Carrie Muskat

4/8 Lineup vs Braves

Tyler Colvin started in left field, Jeff Baker at second base and Koyie Hill at catcher Thursday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Braves. Lou Piniella also said Xavier Nady will make his first start Friday in Cincinnati, and most likely start in right field. Piniella had said he wanted Nady in left because the throws are shorter but Great American Ball Park isn’t as big as Turner Field.

So, Thursday’s lineup is:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Colvin

2B Baker

C Hill

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

 

4/4 Five-man OF rotation

Lou Piniella met with the outfielders Sunday to go over his game plan and how he will divide playing time. Expect to see Xavier Nady subbing in left field and rookie Tyler Colvin playing center and right this season.

“I’m pleased with every one of them,” Piniella said of his outfielders, “and we have a chance with this group of five to have as good as outfield as there is in baseball.

On Opening Day Monday when the Cubs play the Braves, Alfonso Soriano will start in left, Marlon Byrd in center and Kosuke Fukudome in right. Nady is coming off his second Tommy John surgery and is still testing his right arm. Piniella said Sunday he wants to put Nady in left during the season.

“The throws are a little shorter and he doesn’t have to throw as long from left field to third base,” Piniella said.

Colvin, one of four rookies on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, won a spot with the big league team after batting .468 (36-for-77) with two homers, eight doubles, four triples and 18 RBIs.

“I’ve got to find a little playing time for Colvin early in the season and I’ve got to find a little playing time for Nady,” Piniella said. “It’ll keep everybody nice and fresh, it’ll keep everybody healthy and I think more productive, especially as the summer comes into play.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/2 Nady, Baker & backups

Xavier Nady started in right field Friday night and his right elbow was tested in the first inning. Nady, who is coming off his second Tommy John surgery, had to chase down Justin Upton’s ball that skipped into the right field corner. Second baseman Mike Fontenot did go deep into the outfield for the relay throw.

Lou Piniella said before Friday’s game that he wanted Nady to also play some first base if possible. The only other thing not accomplished on Piniella’s wish list was to have Jeff Baker play in the outfield. Baker was to sub for Soriano Friday.

“We’ll get everybody a little playing time under the lights,” he said.

Saturday’s game, which is the last spring tuneup, will be on WGN TV and WGN Radio. Expect to see a lot of the Cubs’ Minor Leaguers as Piniella gives the regulars a chance to catch their breath before the regular season begins Monday.

– Carrie Muskat

3/29 Welcome aboard, Tyler

Lou Piniella told Tyler Colvin on Monday morning that the outfielder had made the Opening Day roster.

“There was never really a doubt for awhile,” Piniella said. “He played himself onto the roster and had a great spring.”

Colvin had not gotten any word when he met earlier Monday with reporters. Piniella told the media on Sunday that Colvin was in and Colvin got several text messages after that game from friends.

“I guess we’ll find out soon enough,” Colvin said.

“We’re going to get some playing time for Colvin,” Piniella said. “It’ll be good for all of our outfielders to get a day off occasionally so they can stay strong and are less prone to injury. We’ll figure out something over the next few days.”

Colvin understands his role is to play two or three days a week and give the regulars a breather.

“That’s all I can ask for right now,” Colvin said. “We have four great outifelders here who have proven themselves in the Major Leagues and hopefully, when I get in there, I can contribute in some way.”

He doesn’t see the big contracts to Marlon Byrd, Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano as being in his way.

“The Cubs are trying to win, obviously,” Colvin said. “They’re trying to get the best guys in here to do the job. We have four great guys here. … Hopefully, I can do some good things, too.”

What will help Colvin get over some of the jitters is that he played with the big league team last September when called up.

“I got to get comfortable with the big crowds and that’s the biggest thing,” Colvin said. “You see all these players on TV play and you think ‘Man, I could be there someday.’ You get there and you realize it’s still baseball, it’s just a little higher level and that’s the thing you have to adjust to and obviously, the crowds, that’s something you have to control yourself and not try to be somebody you’re not.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/27 Soriano, the Fuke to get extra work

Neither Alfonso Soriano or Kosuke Fukudome were in Saturday’s Cubs lineup. Both will be spending a lot of the day working with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Soriano is batting .286 this spring while Fukudome is hitting .289.

* Lou Piniella is still deciding the pitching rotation order now that they’ve picked Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny to fill the two spots.

* Xavier Nady will start in the outfield Sunday, then play first base in the Minor League camp on Monday. All of the Cubs regulars will be in the lineup Friday when the team plays the D-Backs at Chase Field. That will be the first and only spring night game.

* Expect final roster decisions to be made Tuesday. Piniella said they’ll meet to discuss the bench. “The harder the decision, probably the better for the ballteam,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/27 Nady to play OF Sunday

Xavier Nady was not in the Cubs’ lineup Saturday. Nady says he wasn’t supposed to play Saturday, but will start on Sunday when they travel to Peoria to play the Mariners. Nady is tentatively scheduled to start Sunday, Wednesday and next Friday in the outfield as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

– Carrie Muskat

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