Giants sign Xavier Nady to minor league contract

5 Comments’s Andrew Baggarly has the goods:

The Giants and 11-year veteran Xavier Nady have agreed to a minor league contract, club officials confirmed.

Nady, 33, is taking batting practice with Triple-A Fresno on Saturday and could be on the Grizzlies’ active roster as soon as Sunday, vice president Bobby Evans said. The contract is still pending a medical evaluation.

Nady was released by the Nationals at the end of July after batting just .157/.211/.275 with three homers and six RBI in 109 plate appearances. The 33-year-old could climb his way to the majors in September if he does well in San Francisco’s farm system.

Nady slugged 25 dingers and tallied 97 RBI in 148 games between the Pirates and Yankees in 2008.

Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.

This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.