SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs have committed seven errors in back-to-back losses to the Rockies, and manager Kirk Gibson is not happy. But one thing he wasn't critical about after Tuesday's 7-4 loss to Colorado at Salt River Field is the continuing throwing problems exhibited by Xavier Nady.
Evidently, other teams have caught on, as illustrated by the Rockies in the third inning, when Seth Smith hit a routine fly ball to left field and pitcher Greg Smith tagged up at second and easily took third base. Nady lobbed the ball to the infield.
Nady, who came up in the Padres organization and is one of six players with San Diego ties signed by Kevin Towers since he became D-backs general manager this past September, has been told to take it easy on his arm. He's had Tommy John surgery twice on his right elbow.
"That's OK. I told Nady not to worry about throwing anybody out," Gibson said. "We want him to build his arm strength up. Just throw the ball to the advancing base. That's fine. That's where he is. It's either that or shut him down. The only way to get arm strength is for him to throw the way he is now. It may take him awhile. He may never throw like he did before. I don't want him to panic about that."
Nady played seven games for the Yankees in 2009, and 119 games for the Cubs in '10, 28 of them in the outfield.
About the team's overall play, Gibson said: "We didn't play very good again today. We'll fix that, though. It just looked like we were a little tired today. It's hard to pitch when you're not picking up the ball that well."