February 2007 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Nady Could Have Crohn's Disease
Pirates right fielder Xavier Nady, hospitalized earlier in the week for intestinal inflammation, will be examined Monday to determine if he has a chronic condition. Nady said yesterday that, upon doctors' request for information about his family background, it was found that a cousin has Crohn's disease, a lifelong condition that can cause excruciating pain in the digestive area, as well as weight loss and other disruptions. Genetics increase the risk of having the condition.
Pirates' Nady Released From Hospital
Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady was released from a hospital Thursday, two days after being admitted for an inflammation of the intestine. Nady is expected to resume limited physical activity Friday. He informed the team's medical staff Monday of recurring stomach pain. By Tuesday night, the pain had become sharp enough that he went to a hospital. He's making progress, getting better," Pittsburgh GM Dave Littlefield said shortly before Nady was released.
Nady Admitted To Florida Hospital
Xavier Nady was admitted to an area hospital Tuesday evening with what Pirates officials called a stomach ailment. Manatee County Hospital confirmed that Nady, 28, had indeed checked in Tuesday and was still assigned to a room as of Thursday morning. Nady was heard joking around with teammate Jason Bay on Tuesday morning about "going to get a CAT scan" before workouts that day, but when asked about it later on, said he was simply going to have bloodwork done, routine for players at the beginning of Spring Training. The outfielder/first baseman underwent an emergency appendectomy on May 30 last season, while he was with the Mets, and missed 18 games.
Pirates, Castillo Agree To One-Year Deal
Second baseman Jose Castillo and the Pirates avoided arbitration Wednesday, agreeing to a $1.9 million, one-year contract. Castillo filed for $2.2 million and the Pirates offered $1.8 million. He can earn an additional $20,000 for 570 plate appearances and $30,000 for 590 plate appearances.
Kolb To Make $1.2 Million If He Makes Pirates' Roster
Pirates reliever Dan Kolb will make $1.2 million under a one-year contract if he is added to the team's roster, and could earn an additional $1.3 million in performance bonuses. Kolb, a former All-Star closer with the Brewers, signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh on Saturday. He will attend spring training camp starting next week.
Pirates Agree To Contract With Cuban RHP Linares
Serguey Linares, a former pitcher in Cuba's national league, agreed Monday to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was invited to spring training. The 23-year-old right-hander is the second former Cuban professional pitcher to sign with the Pirates, joining Yoslan Herrera. Linares had a career record of 7-20 with a 5.59 ERA in 37 games in his Cuban pro career.
Castillo And Pirates Expected To Reach Agreement Before Hearing
The Pirates' only remaining arbitration-eligible player is second baseman Jose Castillo. His hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14, but the sides are expected to reach agreement before then. Castillo filed a salary figure of $2.2 million, the team $1.8 million.
Pittsburgh Signs Contracts With Sanchez And Kolb
National League batting champion Freddy Sanchez agreed to terms on Saturday with the Pirates on a one-year contract worth $2.75 million, leaving Pittsburgh with only one unsigned arbitration-eligible player -- second baseman Jose Castillo. The Pirates also agreed to terms with veteran free-agent reliever Dan Kolb on a Minor League deal. Sanchez, who led the NL with a .344 batting average in 2006, also led the league with 53 doubles and finished 17th with a .378 on-base percentage. The 29-year-old was arbitration eligible for the first time and had been seeking $3.1 million; the Pirates offered $2.15 million. Sanchez was paid $342,000 in 2006 and $322,000 in '05. The Pirates had conversations regarding a multiyear contract with Sanchez, but the two sides settled on a one-year deal. "Freddy had a real nice year and helped us a great deal," Pirates senior vice president and general manager Dave Littlefield said. "He's also going to be part of the team for at least the next three years, so we feel good about that."
Pirates Ink Tony Armas, Jr.
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Tony Armas Jr. to a contract for the 2007 season, with a club option for 2008. The announcement was made by Dave Littlefield, the Pirates' Senior Vice President and General Manager. No other terms of the deal were announced. Armas Jr., 28, went 9-12 with a 5.03 ERA (154.0ip/86er) in 30 starts with the Washington Nationals last season. The eight-year veteran made his major league debut with Montreal in 1999 and has produced a 48-60 record and a 4.45 ERA in 151 big-league starts.