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Chicago Cubs utilityman Xavier Nady, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right throwing arm, said playing the outfield without being able to throw long distances has been an awkward experience this season.
"I find myself sitting out there a lot more thinking about situations instead of just coming up and firing," Nady said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Now you've got to play the situation. Obviously, I've got no chance to throw a guy out. I've got to throw it to second."I don't know what percentage I'm at right now, but the arm has been feeling good, I'm sticking with the regimen and hopefully each day gets better and eventually I won't have any limits, and I can start doing what I need to in the outfield."
Nady, who played in just seven games last season with the New York Yankees before getting injured, has been on a limited throwing program as he recovers from the second elbow-ligament replacement surgery in his career.
"It's been kind of awkward playing with a little question mark in the back of your head when you're sitting out there," Nady said. "Obviously, balls down the line you can get to and let the second baseman make the longer throw. Believe me, my mind has been going crazy when I'm out there trying to remember I'm not 100 percent. I need to be smart. I don't want to make one throw and end up missing a month and hurting everybody."
Nady started at first base on Wednesday for Derrek Lee, who is dealing with inflammation on his right thumb. Nady made his Cubs home debut on Monday, going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 9-5 victory against Milwaukee.
Nady, who has played for five teams in his nine-season career, has enjoyed his Cubs experience.
"It's been a lot of fun," Nady said. "[The home opener on Monday] was pretty special just with everything I kind of dealt with last year from a physical standpoint and a mental standpoint. To get that first hit out of the way and kind of get things rolling . . . Everything has been a lot of fun. Obviously, we've still got a long ways to go to try to get healthy and be out there on a daily basis, but so far so good."