Nady close to returning to action

Nady close to returning to action

DENVER -- Outfielder Xavier Nady remains on track to return to action soon, but as he nurses a left hamstring strain, the spacious Coors Field outfield may not be the best place to test the newly minted Giant in the field.

"He ran [today]," manager Bruce Bochy said before Monday's first game in a three-game set with the Rockies. "[Head athletic trainer Bill] Groeschner put him at about 60 percent. He's going to let me know if he's available to pinch-hit, and possibly he could be ready to play in the Arizona series."

Nady signed a Minor League contract with the Giants on Aug. 5 after Washington designed him for assignment. He hit .157 (16-for-102) with three home runs and six RBIs in 40 games with the Nationals, and hit .270 (24-for-89) with six homers and 18 RBIs in 25 games with Triple-A Fresno. After a Sept. 1 callup, Nady went 4-for-13 with the Giants before getting hurt in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against Arizona.

"He's coming along quite well," Bochy said. "It's encouraging to see how he's doing. He'll be doing some stuff, taking batting practice."

If he recovers well, Bochy plans to use Nady as part of a left-field platoon with Gregor Blanco, with Nady getting the call when a lefty toes the rubber.

"Good chance [he'll play left against lefties], yeah," Bochy said. "I'll see where he's at. If he's not 100 percent or close to it, it's hard to put him out in left field."