The Mets will get an unexpected look at Lastings Milledge sooner than expected when their top outfield prospect was brought up from Class AAA Norfolk this afternoon after Xavier Nady underwent an emergency appendectomy.
Nady complained of not feeling well after Monday’s 8-7 victory over Arizona and underwent surgery at 5:30 a.m., at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list and the team said he should resume baseball activities in a week to 10 days.
Milledge, the Mets’ top position player prospect and subject of numerous trade rumors over the winter to Boston for Manny Ramirez, was hitting .291 (53-182) with 32 runs scored, 16 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 19 RBI.
Milledge was the Mets’ first round pick (the 12th overall) selection of the 2003 First Year Player Draft from Lakewood Ranch High School (Bradenton, Fla.).
Nady was acquired in the offseason from San Diego for Mike Cameron, and was hitting .267 with nine homers and 22 RBI for the Mets.
Milledge’s name is being brought up again in trade speculation with the Mets’ pitching problems in the tail end of their rotation.
I’ll have more on Milledge later after talking with manager Willie Randolph.