Nixy's hammy cranky

July, 2, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Now, it's Jayson Nix's turn to get bit by the injury bug.

The Yankees' backup utility infielder, who has been pressed into everyday service at shortstop and third base due to the rash of injuries that has decimated the team, is not in the lineup for tonight's game against the Twins due to some "tightness" in his right hamstring suffered when he legged out a double in the ninth inning of Monday night's 10-4 win.

Nix stayed in the game, and according to Joe Girardi, the injury is being considered a one-day inconvenience, not a long-term problem. Still, it leaves the Yankees with just two bench players tonight, Vernon Wells and Austin Romine.

"It's not what you want," Girardi said. "It just tests your depth even more, but it's something we've had to deal with, and we'll deal with it."

Alberto Gonzalez will play shortstop tonight in place of Nix, who said he is available to pinch hit if necessary.

"It just kind of tightened up a little bit when I stretched out the double last night," Nix said. "I wasn’t too concerned about it, just something that was there and was a little bit sore after the game. It's a little something that kind of started, so we're going to keep it under control."

Girardi said that right now, there are no tests scheduled for Nix, but he conceded that playing with a short bench is not a situation that can persist for very long. Eduardo Nunez, on the DL with an oblique strain, is playing tonight for the Class A Charlotte RiverDogs in the same game as Alex Rodriguez but is not quite ready to return.

"We're going to go day-by-day," Girardi said. "We'll go a couple of days and see how it is."
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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