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03/07/10 2:50 PM EST

Nady not quite ready for action

Cubs outfielder being cautious with repaired elbow

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs outfielder Xavier Nady, rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, is still at least three days away from getting into a game.

"Obviously, I want to get at-bats, but I don't want to take at-bats where I might be a little sore from throwing and have that in the back of my mind," Nady said on Sunday. "I'd like to take my first at-bat when everything is on a positive side."

Nady had the second procedure performed on his right elbow on July 8. This spring, he's been working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on his throwing mechanics.

"It's helped so far," Nady said. "I'm happy he's volunteered his time to help me out. It's a work in progress. I think I created a lot of bad habits when I went from the infield to the outfield. All of a sudden, I tried to throw it as hard as I could."

He's been throwing three days per week and was being held back from hitting so he could give his arm time to rest and recover.

"It's felt good," Nady said of his arm. "It's the second reconstructive surgery. I want to be smart and not hurt the team or everything."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.