Yesterday, a strange thing happened. Eduardo Nunez
was removed from the Yankees game and Derek Jeter
moved from DH out to shortstop. This left Andy Pettitte
slotted in the lineup to hit. Of course, things worked themselves out and Pettitte did not have to bat, but Nunez's exit magnified the absence of Jayson Nix
. Nix had reported back to New York yesterday for an MRI on his hip. And as it turns out, he has a Grade I strain of his right hip flexor.
Nix suffered the injury on Thursday, and according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com
, the Yankees' utility infielder will now miss 10-14 days. Luckily, Nunez was removed yesterday not for an injury, but for defensive reasons, and the Yankees will rely on him to give Jeter a rest from having to play everyday in the field.
Nix can play second base, shortstop, and third base. The Yankees have used him and Nunez frequently as Jeter has been battling his bone bruise in his ankle. With just four games (and four days) left in the season, Nix's absence means he will be gone until the League Championship Series, if the Yankees make it that far.
Nix is hitting .243/.306/.384 in 74 games this season. He has been a journeyman of sorts in his Major League career so far, but he is still arbitration eligible. The Yankees have control over Nix through the 2015 season, but Nix has already bounced around to five different teams. He is a .214/.285/.371 career hitter.
The Yankees like Nix for his versatility, and they will miss his presence as they are forced to go with Nunez as the back-up second baseman and back-up shortstop. It looks at if Nunez will be the one the Yankees carry on their Division Series roster if they make the postseason. Keep in mind, New York is not guaranteed a Division Series appearance of even a play-off appearance yet. They could fall into the Wild Card or fall out of the race altogether still.