Nady, Sanchez dealing with injuries
Outfielder resting sore groin, infielder battling shoulder woes
PITTSBURGH -- Though neither Freddy Sanchez nor Xavier Nady are at 100 percent, neither is expected to miss any time because of nagging injuries.
For Sanchez, it's his right shoulder that continues to be a bother.
"Right now, when I throw, there is a lot of pain in there," Sanchez said over the weekend. "But I've got to try to go out there and just do the best I can with what I got."
The second baseman has been dealing with inflammation around his right shoulder rotator cuff since Spring Training, and it flared up again after he made an awkward throw in the series against the Nationals a week ago. Since then, Sanchez has looked uncomfortable making a number of routine throws, including one in the second inning on Monday that he threw into the dirt near first.
However, despite the pestering soreness, Sanchez has not missed a start since April 6 and isn't expected to be forced to now, either.
"I think just from talking to him, it's nothing like it was earlier in the year," manager John Russell said. "We just have to keep monitoring it. Hopefully, it will just go away. He's still making the plays and it's not affecting his swing."
As for Xavier Nady, the right fielder has in recent days been bothered by a slightly strained groin. Nady reiterated on Monday, though, that the injury should not cut into his playing time. He shrugged off the injury as "nothing serious."
In a decision not dictated solely by Nady's strained groin, the right fielder was out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader. Nady, who has started all but one game this season, is expected to take his place in right field for Game 2.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.