SAN FRANCISCO -- Xavier Nady took swings in the batting cages before Sunday's game against the Dodgers and is expected to return within the next few days, manager Bruce Bochy said.
Nady has been sidelined since straining his left hamstring while playing left field against the D-backs last Wednesday, and was set to be evaluated by the Giants' training staff before Sunday's game. Bochy said Nady could return as soon as Sunday as a pinch-hitter, if he recieved clearance to play.
Before the injury, Nady had been platooning in left field with Gregor Blanco, who got the start there on Sunday.
"Talking to him yesterday, he told me he's doing well," Bochy said before Sunday's game. "He wanted to hit today and it looks like he's really, really coming around, so that's good news."