Yankees recall RHP Claiborne, place Nix on DL

Updated: August 22, 2013, 1:08 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Yankees recalled reliever Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to replace injured infielder Jayson Nix on the roster.

Nix was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand after he was hit by a pitch from Toronto's R.A. Dickey the night before. New York manager Joe Girardi said he expects Nix to miss the rest of the season.

Claiborne returned for his third stint with the Yankees this year. He was called up for Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays and optioned right back to the minors afterward.

The rookie right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 35 relief appearances.

The move left the Yankees with a three-man bench and no backups for shortstop Eduardo Nunez or second baseman Robinson Cano, at least until Derek Jeter comes off the disabled list.

Girardi hinted he might move third baseman Alex Rodriguez to shortstop or left fielder Alfonso Soriano to second base in an emergency. Rodriguez began his career at shortstop, Soriano at second base.

"I have some ideas," Girardi said without going into much detail. "Hopefully it doesn't happen -- but I have some ideas."

Jeter (strained right calf) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


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