In a report on his blog, PeteAbe has said that there are rumblings that Xavier Nady needs surgery on his throwing elbow, and may miss the remainder of the season.
After the Yankees acquired Mark Teixeira, there was a contingent of fans, bloggers, and writers that endorsed trading Xavier Nady. It was the wrong move then, and the reasons why may now become clear. Now that Nady may be lost for the year, the depth of the Yankees outfield is taking a significant hit. With Damon, Gardner, and Swisher being the assumed starters, light hitting Melky Cabrera becomes the undisputed fourth outfielder, and the backup at all three outfield positions. Obviously this is not as favorable a scenario as having Nady/Swisher coming off of the bench.
With minor league options like Shelly Duncan and Todd Linden, and the vomit-inducing thought of Hideki Matsui with a glove on his hand, this could prove to be a sizeable detriment for a championship-caliber team.