According to reports, Xavier Nady's previously "Tommy John" repaired right elbow popped when making a throw against the Rays in Tuesday night's game, and the surgery may need to be re-done keeping him out the remainder of the year.
Nady is a nice player. At worst, he is a top-fourth outfielder and excellent trade bait; at best Nady is a 280/25-30/100 producing corner outfielder.
I've heard many people say that his loss is a good thing in that it will insure Nick Swisher gets an everyday job.
Let's not go overboard. Swish is on fire, and probably does deserve the everyday job. Saying, however, that the Yanks are better off without Nady is simply not true.
Not only is this extremely poor timing for the pending free-agent, but Nady was slotted to be a nice piece of the puzzle (whether starting or off the bench) that the Yanks will certainly miss as the season goes on.
Update: The guys over at RAB are reporting that Austin Jackson and Kevin Russo have been lifted from today's SWB Yanks game. Not sure what that means, but an Ajax sighting at the Stadium Thursday would be fun to watch!
Update 2: Apparently Ajax was removed due to a HBP.