Nady's future in flux with Cubs' void at first

Nady's future in flux with Cubs' void at first

ST. LOUIS -- Xavier Nady's elbow has passed all the tests and he's looking forward to having an offseason to strengthen it -- not focus on rehab.

He's also curious as to where he'll be next year.

Nady took over first base for the Cubs when Derrek Lee was traded to the Braves on Aug. 18. Nady entered Wednesday's finale with the Cardinals batting .338 (27-for-80) since Aug. 20.

"Overall, it's been a wild year," Nady said.

He wasn't sure what to expect coming off a second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Playing first has been easier on him than the outfield because the throws are shorter. But Nady, 31, signed a one-year deal with the Cubs. If he goes, the team doesn't have a first baseman in waiting.

"I love it here," Nady said. "It's a wonderful organization, unbelievable city, fans. The year hasn't gone as planned and it's been frustrating from a team standpoint, and a lot of guys know we're better than this."

There's also the question of who will be the manager. That's something else to be determined this offseason. Does it matter to Nady?

"Not really," he said. "I haven't put much thought into anything, to tell you the truth. I've been happy to be somewhat healthy and play on a regular basis."