PITTSBURGH -- Xavier Nady started at first base in place of Derrek Lee and tied his career high with four hits on Tuesday. Included was a two-run homer in the third inning and a double in the fifth. Nady is a former member of the Pirates, but he said going 4-for-4 at PNC Park was no big deal.
"I couldn't care less what I do, to tell you the truth, the way we're playing," Nady said. "We need to start winning some games."
Cubs manager Lou Piniella originally had Nady back in the lineup playing in right field and batting cleanup in Wednesday night's game with the Pirates. Lee was a late scratch with a tight right hamstring, so Nady moved to first. Jeff Baker was inserted in right field.
Nady, who is still recovering from elbow surgery, is starting to feel better and could possibly be ready to spark the slumping Cubs offense.
"You get a couple hits under your belt, and you get a couple more and you start feeling better," Nady explained. "That's pretty much the approach you've got to take. Obviously, it's tough when you're not playing everyday, but you try to stay positive and just put the swings on pitches and try to get in good counts and go from there.
Piniella indicated that Nady is likely to get more playing time.
"He's playing today, that's two days in a row," Piniella said. "He's increased his throwing program with our training staff and he's gotten better. I don't think he could play every day, but certainly he can play more than he did earlier."
"It's good to be in there and get some consistent at-bats," said Nady.