May 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Xavier Nady (21) singles to right for an RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The Washington Nationals reinstated outfielder Xavier Nady from the DL last weekend, then immediately DFA'd the 33-year-old veteran outfielder. This morning the team announced that they had unconditionally released Nady, who had a .157/.211/.275 line with three doubles and three home runs in 40 games and 109 PA's for the Nationals this year. Nady, who signed with Washington in Spring Training and surprised many by making the Opening Day roster, was placed on the DL with "right wrist tendinitis" back in late June. Over 11 seasons in the Majors, the San Diego Padres' 2000 2nd Round pick out of the University of California, Berkeley has posted a .271/.324/.433 line with 155 career doubles and 100 HR's.
In his career, Nady's played for the Padres, Mets, Pirates, Yankees, Cubs, D-Backs and Nats. It's the second such move the Nationals have made in the last few weeks. With outfielders Corey Brown, Tyler Moore and Roger Bernadina producing at the plate and Jayson Werth thought to be just a week or so away from returning, the Nationals have had to make some tough decisions with their veteran outfielders. The Nationals DFA'd veteran outfielder Rick Ankiel recently to make room on the roster for the return of reliever Drew Storen. They'll have to make more roster moves soon when Werth and Chad Tracy are ready to return from their own rehab assignments.
The Nationals announced the decision with Nady this morning:
The Nationals this morning unconditionally released OF/1B Xavier Nady.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) July 29, 2012