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Yankees' Nady has partially torn ligament, will avoid surgery

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Yankees outfielder Xavier Nady has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, but he will avoid surgery, has learned.

The Yankees feared originally Nady could be lost for the season with a completely torn ligament, but a review of multiple X-rays revealed that the ligament is only partially torn. He will likely need to rehab the injury for a period of weeks, perhaps a month.

Club sources are saying he is feeling much better.

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Nady had ligament replacement surgery (also known as Tommy John surgery) in 2001, so there was extra cause for concern in his case. There's a low success rate for players who have a second Tommy John surgery, although in most cases they are pitchers. He re-injured the elbow throwing the ball into the infield.

Nady could return in a DH role. The Yankees are very concerned about DH Hideki Matsui, whose knees continue to trouble him after offseason surgery.