Laynce Nix, center fielder

Laynce Nix leads the Phillies' starting order in Thursday's game against the Brewers. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

MILWAUKEE — Laynce Nix has started 199 career games in center field, but only four since 2007. He is the newest player to play center for the Phillies as he finds himself there Thursday.

Nix played 8 1/3 innings in center last season for Washington. Without Shane Victorino, the Phillies have no true player for center. John Mayberry Jr. has spent the majority of time there but has not impressed with his bat or glove. Michael Martinez is a utility infielder who can play there.

So that leaves Nix.

The rest of the lineup against Brewers righty Marco Estrada:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Juan Pierre 7
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Domonic Brown 9
6. Laynce Nix 8
7. Kevin Frandsen 5
8. Erik Kratz 2
9. Cliff Lee 1

Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag.

Continue Reading