Notes: Nady on the mend after surgery

Notes: Nady on the mend after surgery

NEW YORK -- The purchases Xavier Nady made Saturday, his first day out on the streets since his appendectomy, tell you all you need to know about the extent of his recovery. He bought the equipment needed for backgammon and cribbage, which is to say Lastings Milledge is going to get more than a few more ABs.

Nady was back at Shea Stadium on Sunday to say hello to his colleagues, show off his three bandages and tell tales of pain, stoicism and modest weight loss and to point out his medical emergency could have come at a more opportune time in his career.

"The first year I get to play every day, and this happens," he said. "I figure I'll miss about 60 at-bats."

Nady underwent the surgery early Tuesday morning after enduring fever, back pain and moments of stabbing abdominal pain for about a week -- and not saying much about it.

"I just figured it would go away," he said. "But it got pretty bad. We were walking somewhere Monday and I just had to stop for like 15 seconds. ... I was taking Tylenol all week."

Not until Monday night after he had been hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance against the Diamondbacks did he alert the Mets medical staff.

"The best thing that happened is that I got drilled by Luis Vizcaino," Nady said.

The pitch from Vizcaino struck him in the left side. When the doctor examined the area, Nady said, "Take a look over here, too." Some probing resulted in a trip to the hospital, a drink of dye, a scan and ultimately that surgery that put a temporary halt to physical activity for the 27-year-old right fielder.

He isn't to be re-examined until Friday, so he suspects he won't play again until the Interleague series against the Orioles, June 16-18. Backgammon, anyone?

Another appendectomy: Mets announcer Gary Cohen was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon after undergoing an appendectomy at 1 a.m. ET. It wasn't immediately clear when he will return to the television booth, or whether he prefers backgammon or cribbage.

For starters: Tom Glavine threw softly for about 10 minutes before the game Sunday -- after pitching seven innings Saturday -- and proclaimed himself willing and able to start Wednesday night against the Dodgers. He will be starting on three, rather than the normal four days' rest.

The wait: This time, Billy Wagner made sure things were different, even if he had to wait a little longer than expected.

On a night in which the second game of a doubleheader between the Mets and the Giants reached extra innings, after the first game had been delayed 2 1/2 hours, Wagner entered a 2-2 tie in the 10th inning. And he knew he'd face Barry Bonds.

Bonds had played in the first game and had heard the jeers and boos from the rain-soaked fans at Shea Stadium. Even so, the left-handed slugger went 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored in the Giants' 6-4 victory.

Bonds, though, who has been suffering from lingering injuries all season long, sat out the second game until Felipe Alou signaled for him to pinch-hit. At least that's originally what Wagner thought.

"I was pretty sure he'd be coming up there to pinch-hit, but then I didn't hear any boos or catcalls or nothing, so I started to wonder," said Wagner, who gave up a game-tying, two-run home run to Bonds in the ninth inning April 26 when the Mets faced the Giants in San Francisco.

Bonds took longer to load up his body with the protective gear he wears at the plate, which only made the drama juicier. Finally, Wagner saw his one-time nemesis make the climb out of the dugout. Bonds surprised Wagner, though, when he jogged from the dugout to the batter's box.

"That was kinda cool, at least, that he hurried up to the box," said Wagner.

Even though Wagner didn't start as cool and collected against Bonds as he wanted to, with three straight balls, the lefty closer forced Bonds into a groundout to Kaz Matsui in shallow right field.

"I just shook off the signs, and said, 'All right, he knows what he's gonna get, so here it comes,'" Wagner said. "The one thing I wasn't going to do was walk him."

Why would it be such a big deal to walk him?

"I've always enjoyed facing him," said Wagner, who has held Bonds to a .214 batting average in 14 appearances against him. "When you're facing someone like Bonds, it's a measuring stick [of your talent]. You don't want to give up a walk."

Coming up: The Mets begin a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday night. Alay Soler makes his third big-league start for the Mets, opposite Brett Tomko.

Marty Noble is a reporter for Chris Girandola is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.