Jays place Nix on DL
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency
|Toronto Blue Jays' Jayson Nix is helped up by manager John Farrell after he was injured on play at second base in the second inning of their MLB baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Toronto April 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)
The Blue Jays placed infielder Jayson Nix on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a left shin contusion.
Nix suffered the injury on Friday during the second inning of the Blue Jays’ 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays’ Sean Rodriguez went hard into second base for a take-out slide, and his spike connected with Nix’s left leg.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said X-rays were negative, but the contusion forced him to the disabled list.
The Jays called up Mike McCoy from triple-A Las Vegas. He played second base Saturday.
THE HILL TIMES
The Jays will decide on Sunday whether to put infield Aaron Hill on the disabled list.
Hill hasn’t played since Tuesday, when he strained his right hamstring while stealing second base. Hill underwent an MRI test Wednesday but the results were inconclusive.
“He’s going to jog some (Saturday), he’s swung in the cage (on Friday) a little bit,” Farrell said. “He’s feeling some improvement. But I can tell you that by Sunday, we’ll have some definitive answer on his status, either active or retroactive to the DL to create another spot to get another player.”
If Hill goes on the DL, Jesse Litsch will be recalled to start on Tuesday.
If not, reliever Carlos Villanueva will be called on for a spot start.
Litsch pitched three innings for Las Vegas on Friday night, giving up three hits and one earned run. “That keeps him as a definite option for Tuesday,” Farrell said. “And obviously the only way he returns is if we make the determination with Aaron to go to the disabled list.”