Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jayson Nix walked it off for the New York Yankees Tuesday night, and Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, Nix walked off the field for possibly the final time this season.

Nix was hit on the left hand by a knuckleball from R.A. Dickey in the bottom of the second inning. Once he reached first base, he quickly called out Yankees trainer Steve Donohue, then proceeded to remove himself from the ball game. Mark Reynolds replaced Nix as a pinch-runner.

X-Rays on his hand came back showing a fracture on his left hand, a break that could keep him out of the lineup for up to six weeks, and this late in the season, he could possibly be out for the remainder of the Yankees' season.

Losing Nix is a tough blow for the Yankees. Manager Joe Girardi calls Nix "a baseball player". He is, for the most part, reliable in the field all around the diamond. At times, he can swing the bat, and had been doing so lately.

"I feel terrible," Girardi said. "Obviously he's got a broken hand and he's going to be out for a while. I'm not sure what exactly we're going to do, but I feel really bad."

No move has been announced yet, but with Derek Jeter header to Scranton to begin his rehab assignment tomorrow, he likely won't be back by this Friday when the Yankees start a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays down in St. Petersburg.

Jeter is expected to play five inning for Triple-A Scranton on Thursday, then maybe play another game in Scranton on Friday. Until Jeter does come back, David Adams would seem like the only option the Yankees could call up to fill in for Nix.

Nix had already spent a good chunk of time on the DL this season with a hamstring injury. He's played 86 games for the Bombers, batting .236 with three homeruns and 24 RBIs.

"I always talk about Nixy, he's a guy who does things right," Girardi said. "Maybe it's not always going to show up in the box score, all the things that he contributes, but he's a guy that just makes good decisions and does things right."

By the way, this is the 200th post on the Yanks Beat Blog this season! So, at least there's that to be happy about. And thanks to all of you that have been reading along all season.


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