Jayson Nix fractures left hand on hit-by-pitch

Game 126: Stay Hot
SWB can't take advantage of Mustelier's three hits in loss to PawSox

Utility man Jayson Nix had his left hand broken by an R.A. Dickey knuckleball in the second inning of Wednesday’s game, the Yankees confirmed. Although no timetable was announced, his season is probably over at this point. He initially remained in the game to run the bases before calling the trainer over and walking off the field.

Nix, 30, hit .236/.308/.311 (70 wRC+) with three homers and 13 steals (in 14 attempts) in 303 plate appearances this year. All three homers came off brand names as well: Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish, and Mark Buehrle. Nix manned the three non-first base infield positions — he came into Wednesday first on the team in starts at third base (32) and second at shortstop (41) — and played much more than expected due to all the injuries. He missed almost the entire month of July with a hamstring strain.

With Nix out, the Yankees don’t have a backup middle infielder on the roster. Derek Jeter and his strained calf are still on the mend and a few days away, so they could have to turn to Alberto Gonzalez again. That would require a 40-man roster move, though I suppose Nix is a 60-day DL candidate. They could also call up David Adams and play without a backup middle infielder until Jeter is healthy. That’s rather risky given the Cap’n’s continued health problems and Nunez’s recently barking hamstring. Nix was a nice utility man to have on the bench, he simply played way too much this year.

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Game 126: Stay Hot
SWB can't take advantage of Mustelier's three hits in loss to PawSox
  • MP

    Broken hand via LoHud.

  • MP

    Poor guy. Right after his amazing day yesterday.

  • Crime Dog

    Fractured hand. Alberto Gonzalez here we comeeeeee

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      How about pray not Alberto Gonzalez?

      • Wolfgang’s Fault

        Nix goes on the 60 day & then call up Lillibridge.

  • dennyneagleshooker

    tough break, no pun intended dun dun tishh

  • Eddard

    Well, he went out with a bang last night. Now call Preston back up.

  • Steve

    Gotta trade for a backup with Jeter being a question mark and nunez being fragile

  • Get Phelps Up

    Poor Suzyn.

  • Joe

    Too bad it wasn’t stewie :(

  • pat

    Goddamn it. After such an amazing day yesterday. UGH

  • dkidd

    someone stop luis cruz from leaving!

  • trr

    Thanks for last night, Nix.
    You weren’t the best, but you always played as hard as you could, which I respect.
    Maybe we’ll see you next year…

  • steve

    Nix injury lets them call back preston early, dfa joba

  • JLC 776

    How many broken bones has this team suffered due to HBPs in the last two years now?

    • Pat D

      I’m at at least 4.

      ARod’s last year, both of Grandy’s this year, now Nixey.

      • MannyGeee

        Honorable mention to Frankie for the broken hand from a foul tip…

        • JLC 776

          Good point…

    • Mac

      It’s the medical staff’s fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fire all of them!!!!!!!!!!!!! George is rolling over!!!!!!!!! They can’t develop any players who drank enough milk as children to make their bones strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lightSABR

    It’s one thing to get your hand broken by a fastball, but a knuckleball? What rotten luck.

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      Why do you think it’s called a KNUCKLEball?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Leave it to Suzyn Waldman to ask the first question about Nix to Girardi.

  • http://www.twitter.com Scully

    These next few games will be really interesting. After the Jays tomorrow the Yankees have 3 in Tampa. Baltimore is In Oakland and Boston is in LA to play the Dodgers. That’s every team other than Cleveland (playing the Twins) in front of them. If they continue to take care of business they’ll stand to gain significant ground on someone this weekend.

    I’m getting excited.

  • MannyGeee

    This has GOT TO BE some sort of record, no? It’s insane!

  • Mondesi

    George Costanza approves.

  • Crime Dog

    Bring up Adams and let Cano serve as the “break in case of emergency” SS. Adams can shift to 2B if Nunez gets hurt, and then you can deal with bringing up a real SS after the game.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      Yeah, let’s use Cano as the “break in case of emergency” SS so we can get him injured playing out of position and then no one will bid on him this winter. Now you’re talking!

    • BFDeal

      A lot of stupid on this site today.

  • Laz

    This sucks.
    It’s not that I have Nix, but he gets too damn much playing time.