CHICAGO -- All Xavier Nady needed was more playing time.
Nady has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, batting .373, and in 20 of his last 21 starts since Aug. 8, hitting .350 in that stretch. The first baseman was batting .345 since taking over for Derrek Lee on Aug. 19 after Lee was traded to the Braves.
"This is who he's been throughout his career," Cubs manager Mike Quade said of Nady, a career .280 hitter. "He's a guy coming off an injury and a full year off last year or most of the year off, and it's taken a while."
Nady appeared in only seven games last season before he was sidelined with elbow problems which required Tommy John surgery.