Look away, Cubs fans. Manager Lou Piniella told the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan on Wednesday evening that he doesn’t think newly-signed outfielder Xavier Nady will be ready for regular duty until June.
It’s not a huge deal — Nady was brought in to serve as the club’s fourth outfielder, not to start — but any sign of a setback or prolonged recovery is reason for panic these days on the north side of Chicago. Nady, 31, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and is still limited to DHing in Cactus League games. Likewise, he’ll be limited to pinch-hitting duties (and possibly a few late-innings defensive substitutions) for the first few months of the regular season. If there’s an injury in the Cubs outfield, guys like Sam Fuld and Micah Hoffpauir will have to fill in.