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Nady went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs for the Pirates in a 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. The right fielder doubled his batting average to .400 in his fourth game with the Pirates. He was acquired by Pittsburgh from the New York Mets in exchange for pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline.
The Pirates acquired Xavier Nady from the New York Mets on Monday for pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez.
Just two games back from an appendectomy on May 30, Nady hit two homers and drove in three runs as the Mets beat Cincinnati 9-2 on Tuesday night. Lastings Milledge had played effectively in Nady's left field spot while he was out, but Nady's big night may give him an edge in playing time.
Nady was in the lineup for the first time since May 30 and went 0-for-4 in the Mets' 4-2 loss to Cincinnati on Monday night. The left-fielder had been out since undergoing an appendectomy. Rookie Lastings Milledge had been starting in his place, but Nady reclaimed his starting spot, at least for Monday.
The San Diego Padres dealt Nady to the New York Mets for Mike Cameron on Friday. Nady filled in at all three outfield spots, first base and even played a few games at third last season, batting .261 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 326 at-bats.
Belting a Joey Devine pitch over the center-field wall in the 13th inning of Saturday's victory over the Atlanta Braves, Nady notched the first grand slam of his major league career. It was the only hit of the day for the Padres' outfielder/first baseman, who finished 1-for-6, dropping his season batting average to .266.
While Nady has been getting time at first base since Phil Nevin was traded to Texas, Ryan Klesko has been taking groundballs at first in recent days. The Padres are considering a move there for Klesko.
The San Diego Padres plan to get Nady more playing time going forward, primarily at first base at the expense of Phil Nevin, who nixed a potential trade that would have sent him to the Baltimore Orioles. In 76 games this season (201 at-bats), Nady -- primarily an outfielder -- has batted .279 with 11 home runs, 33 RBI and two stolen bases.
Nady is just two shy of the Padres' all-time record for consecutive games with a home run after clearing the fence with a solo shot in the second inning of Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The outfielder, who has been filling in for the ailing Dave Roberts recently, has homered in each of his last four contests.
With Dave Roberts out at least a few days with a patella tendon injury, Nady will pick up playing time in center field for the San Diego Padres. Nady was in the starting lineup on Saturday after Roberts was injured on Friday night, and Nady powered a three-run homer in the Padres' 8-5 win over Seattle.
Dave Roberts' return to the Padres' lineup couldn't have come at a better time, as Nady is nursing a sore right elbow, according to manager Bruce Bochy. Nady, who filled the void in center field during Roberts' absence, now takes the role of the team's fourth outfielder. He is batting .333 with three home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases, but is hitless in his last eight at-bats.
Nady's injury is not considered serious, and he was able to pinch-hit late in Monday's game. Nady will get the nod when one of the Padres' regular starters needs a day off, but obviously, his fantasy value takes a slight hit by not being an everyday player.
Nady continues to impress as the Padres' everyday center fielder, filling in for the injured Dave Roberts. In the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs, Nady matched a career high with four hits, including two doubles. Through eight contests, he is batting .433 with a triple, three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI.
If Nady keeps it up, the Padres might have a tough decision to make when Roberts returns later this month.
Nady was not expected to play in Thursday's home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, due to strep throat. But after his replacement, Eric Young, left with a separated right shoulder and the game went into extra innings, the outfielder was forced into action. He finished 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI in limited duty.
Nady has been starting in center field for Dave Roberts, who continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Through three games, he is 4-for-9 with two home runs and five RBI. The Padres hope to have Nady back in the starting lineup this weekend.
Nady got the starting nod in center field for the San Diego Padres in Monday's season opener, as anticipated. The outfielder, who is filling in for the injured Dave Roberts, took advantage of the opportunity -- and the hitter-friendly Coors Field -- going 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and a walk.
Roberts should be back within the next couple of weeks, but Nady will remain in the lineup until that time. Nady was one of the team's best hitters this spring, batting .357 with five home runs, 14 RBI and one stolen base in 19 exhibition games.