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Nady could need season-ending Tommy John surgery

When Xavier Nady took himself out in the fifth inning of Thursday night's game at Triple-A/Scranton Wilkes-Barre, general manager Brian Cashman didn't downplay what it might mean. "It could be the worst-case scenario," Cashman told reporters in Atlanta. It is. Joe Girardi all but said Friday that Nady's season looks to be over, and according to the New York Post, the outfielder told several teammates late Thursday that his right elbow requires Tommy John surgery. Nady, on the DL since mid-April with an ulnar collateral ligament injury, has an appointment with Angels team physician Lewis Yocum on Tuesday in California. Yocum performed Tommy John surgery, which typically takes at least a year to recover from, on Nady in 2001. This was not the first setback for Nady, who experienced pain in the elbow during a simulated game June 1. Still, the Yankees had hoped Nady might return by the All-Star break. Though Girardi didn't say Nady, 30, needs another operation, he clearly thinks it is headed that way. "My gut tells me it's injured again, but I can't tell you that for sure until he actually visits with him,'' Girardi said, referring to Yocum. "The fact that he's going out to see him tells me it's more [significant] than what he felt in Tampa." Girardi said Nady, a free agent after this season, is likely to be at the ballpark Saturday. "Obviously, as a club, you'd love to have him back because he was very good for us," Girardi said. "But I'm more disappointed for him because he's put a lot of time into this [rehabing]. I feel very bad for him."

Jeter a late scratch Before the game, Girardi said Derek Jeter had a "substantial cough," but he was in the original lineup. That soon changed. About 50 minutes before the scheduled start of the game, the Yankees announced Jeter would sit because he was feeling "under the weather." Melky Cabrera and Hideki Matsui have been battling the flu of late, though Girardi said Jeter just had a cough at this point but was unsure of his status for Saturday. Brett Gardner took Jeter's leadoff spot and had five hits and three runs scored. Ramiro Peña played shortstop and batted eighth, hitting doubles in his first two at-bats and finishing with three hits.

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