Yankees place Jayson Nix on DL, recall Preston Claiborne

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As expected, the Yankees have placed Jayson Nix on the 15-day DL with a fractured left hand. Joe Girardi acknowledged his season is likely over. The team took advantage of the injury to recall right-hander Preston Claiborne before the mandatory ten-day waiting period expired, but they now lack a backup middle infield at the moment. Joe Girardi hinted at using Alfonso Soriano at second base and Robinson Cano at short in an emergency. Mark Reynolds played short in college, so who knows? Derek Jeter is likely to return at some point in the next few days, so it sounds like the club is just going to roll the dice until then. Risky.

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  • SDB

    Given that Huff just pitched 5 innings, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sent down for a util IF like Adams.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m pretty sure Huff lacks options, which is why he remained up here and Preston went down.

      It’s still not a bad living being David Huff.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        They could do it with Warren though…

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Which might be the next step, especially if Warren’s not available for the next 3-4 days.

          Getting Nix on the 60-day when it’s time (or DFAing him….it’s a cruel world) would create the opening to get someone like Murphy or Musty on the 40-man in time for a September call-up as well.

      • JLC 776

        Don’t hassle the Huff.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I was actually hoping they’d do this and get the guy they didn’t really want to send down back.

    I guess any other move between now and Jeter coming back depends on how Nunez holds up. He’s going to be locked into SS these next few days.

  • Tom Armstrong

    In the MLB box score for game 2 on Tuesday a pitcher named Claiborne pitched innings 7 and 8. Who was that really?

    • JGNYC

      Clairborne was the 26th man 1 day callup for the doubleheader on Tuesday.

  • mitch

    This just seems unnecessarily risky considering Nuney has been a little banged up himself. Just DFA Joba and bring up Alberto Gonzalez.

    • Bubba

      We can’t DFA Joba. Sergio Mitre loaned him the embarrassing photos he has of Yankees upper management.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I just don’t care at this point. Rosters expand in ten days. Everyone will co-exist then.

  • Anthony

    I cant stand the fact that for some reason Claiborne isn’t a mainstay in the bullpen but Joba is. Not only is he a better pitcher but he can be trusted to get bigger outs. Joba cant even manage to get through one inning of mop up work.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d consider Claiborne a bullpen mainstay. It was a numbers crunch and Huff lacks options. It happens. You ride the shuttle your first season. That’s life.

      I don’t mess with anything that would have cost the team that game last night. David Huff was meant to be there.

  • Bubba

    Would you say we are in a zone… a zone of danger?

    • 28 this year

      Carlos Danger.

  • BTG

    I guess A-Rod could play shortstop. I mean, he’s done it before.

    • Mac

      Have to imagine he’s more likely than Reynolds.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Centaurs do have excellent range…

    • 461deep

      Alex looks a little lacking in range lately but arm good so maybe a get away with game or 2 at
      SS. Never liked weakening 2-3 positions to shore-up 1. Team looks much better lately as we all know with 36 to go. Test is 7-7-7 = 21
      against top 3 in AL E coming up. Last 3 with Astros could make their day. Sox 3 With LAD over weekend but get break not facing Grienke or Clayton.
      Yanks need to go 22-14 .611 to make playoffs my guess.

  • Robert

    Thought maybe they could call up Addison Marusak saw him play at Trenton,good fielder can play anywhere and is a decent SS. Could be the next Nixy…

    There is enough dead wood on the 40 man to open a space for him.

    • Darren

      No offense if your Addison’s friend, but that dude is a butcher with the glove. If by good fielder you mean horrible fielder, then yes, you are correct.

  • brian

    Nix didn’t get the credit he deserved on this website, frankly…

    Getting an “f” for his performance this year (if i remember wrong and it was a “c” or “d” I apologize) was outrageous.. the guy was a solid replacement level player

    how easy is it to be replacement level when you’re a backup being asked to play everyday??? just ask Nunez

  • Gonzo

    Vernon Wells at SS!

    • karcotte

      ‘As for a backup shortstop: “Vernon lobbied yesterday and I said, I don’t think so Vernon,” Girardi said.’

      http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....-a-monster

      I picture Vernon asking questions like this every day. “Hey Joe, if we get a big lead can I try pitching today!?” “Hey Joe, can I coach 3rd for an inning?”

      • SDB

        Yeah, I got a similar impression. Great attitude for a senior guy to have in the clubhouse, being willing to do whatever’s needed to fill in a gap when the team needs it. Vern at 3B earlier this season was one of the more fun moments of the year.

      • Gonzo

        I would love to see Vernon at SS up 20-2 today.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “Hey Joe, can I try hitting like I did in April today?”

        • Pat D

          He hit that home run last week, what else do you want?

      • Pat D

        I’d imagine he couldn’t be a worse 3B coach than Bobby Meacham.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          If Bobby Meacham was a crossing guard, kids would be getting run over all the time.

          • Pat D

            I’m slightly ashamed that I chuckled at that.

  • Pat D

    The Yankees are engaging in some risky business, eh?

    Or perhaps they’re entering a zone? A zone of…danger?

  • nycsportzfan

    Sad for Nix, and happy for Preston. Preston really deserves to be up here. He not only helps the big club being able to pitch in the 6th or 7th, but also multiple innings.