Long recovery ahead for Laynce Nix

Laynce Nix could be out of the Phillies lineup for a few more weeks. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

Laynce Nix is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday, but he only recently began walking without substantial pain. He is looking at a recovery time of weeks, not days.

Nix was diagnosed with a Grade 2 left calf strain. He has yet to run and just starting doing some exercise on a stationary bike.

"It's a pretty good tear," Nix said. "It's unfortunate."

Nix was quite productive at the plate before the injury. In 22 games (51 plate appearances), he hit .326 with a .979 OPS. In the 14 games he started, he had seven extra-base hits with a .317 batting average.

He signed a two-year, $2.5 million deal in the winter.

Jimmy Rollins suffered a Grade 2 calf strain in 2010 and missed a total of 56 games with the injury.

"It's going to be longer than the 15 days," Nix said.

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