NEW YORK -- Unable to avoid the inevitability any longer, the Yankees announced on Wednesday that outfielder Xavier Nady has abandoned his attempts to rehab his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery next Wednesday, effectively ending his season.
"I'm extremely disappointed for him because we thought we were going to get him back this week," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You feel bad for a guy that really tried, and tried to be a team guy."
Originally injuring the elbow in a game on April 14, Nady attempted to rehab his arm for more than two months in an effort to return this season. But two separate setbacks forced Nady to visit specialist Lewis Yocum in California on Tuesday.
As the Yankees expected, Yocum recommended that Nady undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Nady, who played only seven games in what would have been his first full season with the Yankees, will require roughly 10-12 months to recover.
"He'll be back," Girardi said. "I don't have any question about that. He'll be back and he'll be a good player again, but your heart goes out to him."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.