Yankees place Jayson Nix on DL, recall Preston Claiborne


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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  1. SDB says:

    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 says:

      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) says:

        They could do it with Warren though…

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          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 says:

        Don’t hassle the Huff.

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  3. Tom Armstrong says:

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

  4. mitch says:

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

  5. Anthony says:

    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 says:

      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.

  6. Bubba says:

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

  7. BTG says:

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

    • Mac says:

      Have to imagine he’s more likely than Reynolds.

    • TheEvilUmpire says:

      Centaurs do have excellent range…

    • 461deep says:

      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.

  8. Robert says:

    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 says:

      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.

  9. brian says:

    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

  10. Gonzo says:

    Vernon Wells at SS!

  11. Pat D says:

    The Yankees are engaging in some risky business, eh?

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

  12. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

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