Xavier Nady: Torn Elbow Cripples Yankees' Depth

Stephen MeyerDeputy MLB EditorApril 15, 2009

Those who had hoped for Nick Swisher to become an everyday player have just gotten their wish.


Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of the Yankees current right fielder's entire season in pinstripes.

It appears that OF Xavier Nady has torn a ligament in his elbow, and will likely require season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Nothing is official as of yet, but there is no reason to believe that Nady could return from any extensive surgery before next season.

The news was first reported by Peter Abraham of the LoHud Yankees Blog, and comes as a shock to many fans from the Bronx.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has now been robbed of one of his biggest assets, and will now find himself with a much shorter and less potent bench attack.

New York will be able to replace Nady's production on a daily basis with Swisher's presence, but will now encounter the same late-season and October issues of years past.

Without experienced and dangerous hitters on the Yankee bench, Girardi can no longer strike fear into the hearts of opposing managers at the end of games.

This will undoubtedly be a weakness that Brian Cashman will attempt to eliminate before the July 31 trading deadline.

Stay tuned for the official word from Nady’s selected surgeon, but expect nothing less than a lost season for the Yankees Opening Day right fielder.