Since News and Notes around the Cubs is slow so here is a fast post:
Nady is expected to be primarily a pinch hitter in April when the weather is cold so he can rehab from his 2nd Tommy John Surgery. His agent Scott Boras had stuff to say about Nady by calling him by his nickname "X".
--"X" talked about seeing where his surgically repaired elbow (Tommy John surgery) would be in "two-and-a-half months." That takes us into April, but neither Nady nor the Cubs seemed to think he wouldn't be ready to start the season on the active roster. Nady said he hoped to throw from 120 feet today and then push it back to 130 feet next week.
Here is what GM Jim Hendry had to say: "Quality, quality hitter. Certainly a legitimate middle-of-the-lineup hitter from his past. We searched long and hard in the winter to come up with one more solid bat to give Lou going into camp. This really came together rather quickly in the last week...We feel like we've got an everyday, legitimate 5-hole-type hitter to augment our offense."
Here is what his self said, Nady: "From a health standpoint, the arm's doing well. It's progressing each week, and I'll continue to do my throwing program for the next two-and-a-half months...Right now, it's hard, I think, to assess where I'll be in two-and-a-half months."
So if this is true, he can help the Cubs. He will also put pressure on Soriano, Kosuke and Byrd to hit if they don't, Levine says Pinella won't hesitant and put Nady in as a starter. I hope that is true.
I will keep you posted.