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According to several teammates, the Yankees outfielder told them late Thursday night that his right elbow requires Tommy John surgery, a procedure that often takes 12-14 months recovery.
Reached today, all Nady said was, "I am going to have a lot of time on my hands."
Though [Joe] Girardi had Nady only for seven games (in which he hit .286 with two RBIs) and there was no guarantee of having him back at some point, quietly the Yankees were hoping to have Nady's right-handed bat to help out in right field, where switch-hitter Nick Swisher is playing every day.
Now that won't happen. And though GM Brian Cashman said this week "a bat isn't needed," knowing that Nady isn't returning might change the Yankees' mind.
The Yankees being the Yankees, that $13 million isn't particularly relevant. If the Yankees picked up a right-handed bat, they could score a few extra runs, maybe win one more game or two. But that doesn't mean getting a "bat," per se. It just means going out and getting a "guy" who can hit left-handed pitching a little bit. Those guys are floating around, and Cashman can get one if he wants one.