Laynce Nix has been on the disabled list with a calf injury, but he is set to begin a rehab assignment in Clearwater on Thursday. Nix was signed to fill in at first base and left field, and he has performed admirably, especially as a backup.
Nix is hitting .326/.392/.587 with the Philadelphia Phillies, plus two home runs and 11 RBIs in just 51 plate appearances. Nix is in the first year of a two-year, $3.5 million deal he signed with the team prior to the season. It was expected that Nix would see extensive playing time with Ryan Howard rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon and Raul Ibanez having departed for the New York Yankees, and so far, that has been the case.
Nix has started 10 games and logged 72.1 innings at first base, and he’s also been in the field for six games (four starts) in left field, which has amounted to just over 30 innings of play. Nix can also play right field and center field.
Last year, Nix was a member of the Washington Nationals, where he batted .250/.299/.451 with 16 home runs and 44 RBIs in 351 plate appearances. He is a .247/.291/.434 career hitter with 66 home runs and 237 RBIs in 1,851 plate appearances, where he has seen action for the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Nationals, and Phillies.