Despite getting a hit in his first at-bat for the Phillies on Tuesday night at the Texas Rangers, saying goodbye to Nix in a few days will be easy for the Phillies, just like it was for his brother, Laynce Nix, last year.
First off, the return from the DL of the popular Freddy Galvis from a MRSA infection in only a week or two away and Nix was signed only as an insurance policy against an extended injury. Galvis can play all eight positions — he is a designated emergency catcher — and can play many of them very well. His hitting has improved and manager Ryne Sandberg cited him as a positive influence in the clubhouse, setting off the Jimmy Rollins controversy in Spring Training.
Sandberg inserted Nix into Tuesday night’s lineup at third base simply because Nix is a right-handed hitter and the Phils were going against a left-handed pitcher. Still, it was somewhat surprising because Monday’s starter, the left-handed hitting Cody Asche, was coming off a three-hit day.
Nix, on the other hand, is a career .218 hitter. Even though he went 10-for-37 in Spring Training for the Tampa Bay Rays, that team saw fit to cut Nix a few days ago. Nix can only play the four infield positions and is coming off consecutive .236 and .243 seasons.
Those are averages Galvis is more than capable of attaining and, because of that, Jayson Nix’s stay in Philadelphia will be shorter than that of his brother.