Xavier Nady headed for Tommy John elbow surgery

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As expected, the Yankees have confirmed that Xavier Nady will undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery, likely ending his time in New York after just 66 games.

Nady was acquired from the Pirates last July with his value at an
all-time high thanks to a fluky .330 batting average, but he’d hit a
more modest .272/.327/.441 coming into the season and predictably
regressed to those numbers by batting .268/.320/.474 in 59 post-trade
games with the Yankees.

Nady took over as the Yankees’ starting right fielder this season
following the departure of free agent Bobby Abreu, but played just
seven games before leaving a mid-April game with a “sharp pain” in his
elbow. Reports immediately surfaced that he’d need surgery, but Nady
opted instead to rehab the injury and appeared to be making solid
progress in his recovery before suffering a setback in a minor-league
game last week.

Now he’s facing 9-12 months on the sidelines and the Yankees seem
unlikely to make a strong effort to re-sign the impending free agent
when bigger, healthier bats will no doubt be available this winter. All
of which means that they’ll end up parting with Jose Tabata, Ross
Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutcheon for 66 games of Nady
hitting .270/.319/.469 and 23.2 innings of a 7.61 ERA from Damaso
Marte.

Meanwhile, the Pirates have already gotten 238 innings of 4.57 ERA
pitching from Ohlendorf and Karstens, both of whom are in their mid-20s
and under team control at low salaries for the foreseeable future.
Tabata was actually the centerpiece of the deal and at 20 years old
still has considerable long-term upside, but he’s battled injuries
while hitting just .269/.343/.359 in 135 games at Double-A since the
trade.

Travis d’Arnaud’s position in Wednesday’s box score read “3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B”

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The Mets had to scratch both Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores an hour before Wednesday’s game against the Yankees due to ribcage injuries, so Travis d'Arnaud — normally a catcher — borrowed David Wright‘s glove and played third base for the first time in his career. He had played some third base in spring training, but as far as an official professional game goes, he’s never been there.

The first two batters the Yankees sent up to the plate in the first inning were left-handed. But when the right-handed Aaron Judge came up, manager Terry Collins swapped second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera with d’Arnaud. It became a thing. The two swapped once more in the first inning, three times in the second, once in the third, five times in the fourth, once in the fifth, three times in the sixth, four times in the seventh, once in the eighth, and twice in the ninth. It worked, as d’Arnaud didn’t have an opportunity to make a play until catching Todd Frazier‘s pop-up for the first out of the ninth inning — as a second baseman. Cabrera had a handful of opportunities, including immediately after having swapped with d’Arnaud.

The Mets lost 5-3. At the plate, d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. Cabrera was 1-for-4.

Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini are being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas so the Mets don’t have to do the “3B-2B shenanigans,” as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo put it, again.

John Lackey stole the first base of his career

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Cubs starter John Lackey stole the first base of his 15-year career on Wednesday against the Reds. Of course, he spent the first 11 and a half years of his career in the American League, where opportunities to bat, let alone attempt to steal a base, were rare. Lackey entered Wednesday having taken 250 plate appearances, reaching base just 31 times on 17 singles, seven doubles, and seven walks for a .134 on-base percentage. One can imagine the 38-year-old is not exactly the swiftest base runner.

Still, Lackey managed to swipe a bag in the fourth inning. He singled with two outs against Homer Bailey. Then, with an 0-1 count on Ben Zobrist, Lackey broke for second even before Bailey began his windup. Tucker Barnhart stood up to alert Bailey that Lackey was running, so Bailey wheeled around and threw to second base, but Lackey slid into the bag easily safe. It wasn’t a pretty slide, but it did the job.

Lackey, however, was picked off of second base by Barnhart later that inning. Bailey threw a 3-2 fastball wide of the strike zone, walking Zobrist. Lackey had wandered too far off of second base, so Barnhart threw behind Lackey and the tag was applied by Zack Cozart. Lackey was called safe initially. The play was reviewed and the ruling on the field was overturned, ending the fourth inning.

Base Ba’al giveth and Base Ba’al taketh away.