Nix in Jays' mix

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:08 PM ET

SARASOTA, Fla. — Backup outfielder Corey Patterson will start the season on the disabled list.

Patterson, who made the team as a backup outfielder, will need added time to recover from being hit in the back of the head in a game against the Boston Red Sox last Friday.

To take the place of Patterson on the roster, the Jays on Tuesday acquired infielder Jayson Nix for an undisclosed amount of cash from the Cleveland Indians. In 78 games with the Indians last year, Nix, 28, hit .234 with 12 home runs.

Although Patterson has shown no ill effects and has responded positively to all the tests, manager John Farrell said Tuesday that the Jays have been advised to not have him play in a game until Friday, which is opening Day against the Twins at Rogers Centre.

The plan as early as a day ago was to have him play in Tuesday’s game against the Orioles and in Wednesday’s final game in Florida against the Tampa Rays at Tropicana Field. But those plans have been scrapped.

“He will first get into a game activity Friday,” Farrell said. “The doctor that examined him recommended it be seven days from the incident. It’s purely precautionary.”

In a pinch, Farrell said that backup infielder Mike McCoy could be the backup at centre.


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