Notes: More tests await Nady

Notes: More tests await Nady

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pirates right fielder Xavier Nady will return to Pittsburgh to see doctors on Tuesday for a stomach condition that has left medical personnel in Florida without answers.

Nady did some workouts on Monday, but he's still not 100 percent, which is why the Pirates decided to send him to Pittsburgh, general manager David Littlefield said. Previous tests ruled out a variety of medical problems.

"Since they haven't got a telltale answer as to why he's had these stomach pains, they'll do whatever they need to do to find out what the answer is," Littlefield said.

Littlefield didn't know, however, how long the 28-year-old Nady would be away from Pirates camp. Until medical tests are completed, Littlefield said that any concrete answers about Nady's return would be speculative.

Asked if Nady's stomach pains were a concern, Littlefield said he's concerned whenever a player is injured or ailing and has to sit out.

"There's a lot of good news," Littlefield said of Nady's condition. "He's feeling a lot better. This isn't something that bothered him on a frequent basis, and progress, frankly, is being made as far as how he's feeling."

Problem area? No: Ask Brian Graham if he can find a link between the injury to right-hander Brad Lincoln and the arm problems that have troubled the Pirates' other No. 1 picks since 2000, and Graham will reply with a simple "No."

"You have somewhat of a concern when guys get hurt -- absolutely," said Graham, the Pirates' director of player development. "Unfortunately, pitchers have injuries; unfortunately, we've had three of them."

Those three have been Sean Burnett (2000), John Van Benschoten (2001) and Bryan Bullington (2002), but Graham hasn't put Lincoln in the injury category just yet. There's no reason to put him there, either. An MRI showed no tearing or ligament damage in Lincoln's elbow.

"With Lincoln and his situation, he's just got tenderness," Graham said. "That's not really calling it an injury yet. Hopefully, some time off will get him back on track."

Graham said that Lincoln, the Bucs' first-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, will be watched closely in the coming weeks, and the Pirates are in no rush to get him back to throwing.

They see Lincoln's problem -- and that of Burnett, Van Benschoten and Bullington, for that matter -- as one that's simple to pinpoint.

"It's definitely the wear and tear prior to them getting to us," Graham said. "So we're definitely not concerned about any of our processes or the routine that they go through here."

And the question is ... The Pirates have had seven players win or share the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Barry Bonds was the last player to win it, in 1992, but who was the first Bucs player to win the honor?

Did you know? Dave Parker has long argued that he belongs in the Hall of Fame, and if his numbers with the Pirates illustrate anything, perhaps Parker has a point. In 11 seasons with the Bucs, he batted .305 with 166 homers and 758 RBIs, winning three Gold Glove Awards. Parker, who won an MVP Award in 1978, finished his Major League career with a .290 average, 339 homers and 1,493 RBIs.

Nice show: Pirates manager Jim Tracy liked what he saw in Tuesday's intrasquad scrimmage. Tracy used a lot of players, and he saw a number of prospects perform well.

"With the exception of a couple of glitches ... that was pretty impressive," Tracy said of the scrimmage. "We pitched well, and there were some situational at-bats. We did a great job of that, with the exception of one. It was just a lot of really good things today."

Tracy said that he didn't expect the game to be played as cleanly as it was, but he was pleased that it went well.

Rough spot: In Tuesday's scrimmage, Burnett had a tough go during his 28-pitch outing.

Burnett, who had Tommy John elbow surgery in 2004, struck out the first two batters he faced, then gave up a single, a homer, a single and a single. He lasted two-thirds of an inning.

Early risers: Right-hander Yoslan Herrera will start Wednesday in an exhibition game against Manatee Community College. Tracy said he won't play anyone expected to break camp with the Major League club, instead saving those players for the Grapefruit League schedule.

"A lot of the guys that we saw today, you'll see some more of tomorrow, but not quite as long," Tracy said. "We don't want to do that to them -- two days -- this early of a juncture in Spring Training."

The answer is ... In 1927, Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner won the MVP Award. Waner, 24 at the time, batted a league-high .380 with nine homers and 131 RBIs.

Quotable: "We're going back to the lab to take a look at it right now." -- Tracy, when asked if he had a scouting report on Manatee Community College

Justice B. Hill is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.