Pirates' Nady flown to Pittsburgh for more tests
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
By Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady flew to Pittsburgh this afternoon for more tests on his inflamed intestine.
The tests taken yesterday at Manatee Memorial Hospital produced "nothing conclusive," general manager Dave Littlefield said, so the team's medical staff decided to send him to Allegheny General Hospital.
"It hasn't been determined exactly what kind of testing will be done," Littlefield said. "But, since they haven't gotten a tell-tale answer as to why he's had these stomach pains, they'll do whatever they need to do to find out what the answer is."
Littlefield did not say if any chronic conditions -- such as Crohn's disease -- had been ruled out, but he sounded generally optimistic about Nady's health.
"The good news is that he's feeling a lot better," Littlefield said. "This isn't something that's bothered him on a frequent basis and, frankly, progress is being made as far as how he feels. So, it's not something that I'm overly concerned about."
Nady, who also sounded optimistic Monday when he said, "Everything's going to be fine," had a light workout early in the morning at McKechnie Field before leaving.
Also today, the Pirates saw their first game action of the spring Tuesday with an intrasquad scrimmage at Pirate City, and Indianapolis manager Trent Jewett's team beat Altoona manager Tim Leiper's team, 8-2.
Brad Eldred hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat off Sean Burnett, a blast off the roof of the clubhouse beyond left-center field. Nate McLouth hit a three-run home run off Shane Youman. Luis Matos made two fine defensive plays in the outfield, including throwing out Andrew McCutchen at the plate when McCutchen tried to score from second on a single.
Neil Walker made no errors in his first game at third base since converting from catcher.
Burnett started but failed to make it through an inning, running up 28 pitches and giving up four consecutive hits before the half-inning was called off.
Bryan Bullington pitched in a competitive game for the first time since September 2005 and did not give up a run or a hit. He walked one of his four batters.