Yankees trade for Rockies' utility infielder Nelson

5/1/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Yankees trade for Rockies' utility infielder NelsonOn the heels of Kevin Youkilis' (back) placement on the disabled list, the New York Yankees have acquired utility infielder Chris Nelson from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.

Youkilis' back has been bothering him for a while now, and the Yankees decided to give him an epidural injection on Tuesday. He is now on the 15-day DL retroactive to April 28, and says he expects to be healthy by the time he is eligible to return.

In the meantime, it appears that Nelson will draw the majority of the starts at third base for the Yankees. With Youkilis and Alex Rodriguez both sidelined, Jayson Nix was next in line to be the primary third baseman. Nix is batting .219 this season with only one extra base hit in 64 at-bats. Nelson should be an upgrade in the lineup while Nix goes back to a reserve role.

So far this season, Nelson is batting .242 with a couple of triples, four RBI, and six runs scored. Last year, he batted .301 with 53 RBI and 45 runs. While he will play third base until Youkilis gets back, he is also able to play shortstop and second base if needed.

Though the Yankees managed to upgrade on Nix, they will still be looking forward to Youkilis' return. The former Red Sock was batting .293 with seven RBI and nine runs in the 15 games previous to April 20, which was when he first experience tightness in his back.
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