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Jayson Nix (fractured hand) placed on 15-day DL

08/22/2013 11:37 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The New York Yankees placed Jayson Nix on the 15-day disabled list Thursday morning, one day after he suffered a fractured left hand when he was hit by an R.A. Dickey knuckleball in the second inning of Wednesday night's game with the Blue Jays.

Nix was hit on the top of the hand and was immediately examined at first base by trainer Steve Donohue. A shot from YES Network's cameras revealed that Nix's hand was already deeply bruised and swelling as he took off his batting glove, and the third baseman was removed from the game.

Mark Reynolds pinch-ran and then stayed in the game to play the hot corner, and the Yankees revealed the result of Nix's X-rays after the bottom of the third inning.

Nix had left the clubhouse prior to the end of the game and was unavailable for comment, but manager Joe Girardi expressed his disappointment and praised Nix's contributions in his post-game press conference.

"I feel terrible, especially after a great day for him yesterday and what he's done for our club, playing so much shortstop with Jeter out and (Eduardo Nunez) going down," Girardi said. "I always talk about Nixy being a guy who just does things right. The things that he contributes don't always show up in the box score, but he's a guy that just makes good decisions and does things right."

While no recovery timetable was immediately given, Girardi said Nix would be out "for a while" in his QWednesday post-game press conference, and ten said Thursday that "he would think" Nix is done for the season.

To replace Nix on the roster, the Yankees recalled RHP Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Claiborne is 0-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 35 appearances with the Bombers this season, and he returns for his third different stint in the same week; the Yankees had optioned Claiborne to the Minors last Friday when Mark Reynolds was signed, recalled him for the day as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader, and have now brought him back again.

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