Nix gets rare start for Phillies, bats fifth

Nix gets rare start for Phillies, bats fifth

Nix gets rare start for Phillies, bats fifth
PHILADELPHIA -- With Domonic Brown, Nate Schierholtz and John Mayberry Jr. getting extended looks in the outfield, veterans like Juan Pierre and Laynce Nix have seen less playing time.

Nix, who can play either corner outfield position or first base, got his first start since July 31 on Saturday night against the Cardinals. He played left field and batted out of the five-hole.

"Nix can hit," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's productive. He produces runs off the bench. ... I definitely want to get him some playing time, if possible."

In the first portion of the season, Nix performed well as a platoon player in left field and first base, as well as off the bench as a pinch-hitter. A calf strain in early May knocked him out more than two months, and since returning on July 22, he made only two starts before Saturday.

On the season, Nix is hitting .290 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 33 games.

Said Manuel: "If we expect to get our bench to play better, we definitely have to put them in the game every now and then."