Nady could be released from hospital soon

Updated: February 22, 2007, 4:11 PM ET
Associated Press

Xavier Nady

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady, hospitalized since Tuesday with inflammation of the intestine, could be released by Thursday night.

Nady informed the team's medical staff Monday of recurring stomach pain. By Tuesday night, the pain had become sharp enough that he went to a hospital, where he remained as of Thursday afternoon.

"He's making progress, getting better," Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield said after Thursday's workout. "The fever's down. A lot of the symptoms are subsiding."

On May 30, while with the New York Mets, Nady was rushed to the hospital to have an emergency appendectomy and ended up missing three weeks of playing time. Littlefield mentioned the appendectomy but did not specify if the matters were related.

No timetable was given for Nady's return to the field.

Nady was acquired from the Mets at the trade deadline last July. He batted .300 in 55 games for the Pirates, with three home runs and 23 RBIs. He is projected to be the starting right fielder.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press