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Jayson Nix begins rehab assignment in the GCL

07/24/2013 3:30 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Jayson Nix has now missed more than three weeks with a strained hamstring.(AP)
Yankees utilityman Jayson Nix began a rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday, playing five innings at third base and making three plate appearances in the GCL Yankees 1 squad’s 8-6 loss to the GCL Pirates.

Nix, who has been on the DL since July 3 because of a strained hamstring, did not field a ball defensively and was officially 0-for-2 at the plate. He struck out in the first and was hit by a pitch in the second against Pirates righty Jonathan Sandfort, and later flied out to right in his final plate appearance against Mervin Del Rosario in the fifth before being replaced by Christopher Tamarez.

Position players have up to 20 days on their rehab clocks, so barring a setback, Nix will return to the Yankees no later than August 13.

Beyond Nix, two rehabbing Yankees Minor Leaguers took part in Wednesday’s GCL game as well; RHP Mark Montgomery started and allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched, while switch-pitcher Pat Venditte allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts in his 1.2 innings.

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