Injuries force Nady, Crosby out
By Josh Boyd
Xavier Nady, 23, and Bobby Crosby, 22, had their Arizona Fall League stints cut short due to injuries.
Nady, a top Padres prospect, suffered a strained quad muscle and was replaced on the Peoria roster by outfielder Ben Johnson. Nady, who spent the first half of the 2002 season DHing for Class A Lake Elsinore after having Tommy John surgery following the 2001 season, was working on playing the outfield. A collegiate third baseman, Nady played first base in 2001, when he batted .302-26-100 for Lake Elsinore.
After hitting .278-13-37 in 169 at-bats for the Storm this year, he was promoted to Triple-A Portland, where he finished up .283-10-43 and gained his first outfield experience.
Johnson is coming off of a .241-10-55 effort for Double-A Mobile. Blessed with raw athletic ability, Johnson is still just 21 years old.
Crosby sprained his ankle and was expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. The A's replaced him with another shortstop J.T. Stotts. Drafted in the first round in 2001, Crosby split his year between Class A Modesto and Double-A Midland. He combined to post .295-9-69 numbers in his first full season. Crosby was hitting .250-1-6 in 32 AFL at-bats.
Stotts, a 2001 third-rounder, hit .275-2-64 at Class A Visalia this year.
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