Phillies Notes: Phillies send Nix down; Galvis has broken collarbone

Former Phillies infielder Jayson Nix. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies removed Jayson Nix from the team Monday, the second bench subtraction in less than a week.

The timing of the roster shuffle was interesting, since the Phillies lost another infield option Sunday when Freddy Galvis suffered a broken left clavicle during a collision with a teammate in pursuit of a foul ball.

Nix was outrighted to triple-A Lehigh Valley. He can elect free agency or accept his minor-league assignment. The team's 40-man roster is at 39.

His replacement will be announced Tuesday. The Phillies could add Cesar Hernandez, who continues to work at new positions for double-A Reading. Darin Ruf, sidelined since mid-March with a strained rib-cage muscle, played Monday at triple A for the first time. He went 1 for 2 with a run scored as the IronPigs' leftfielder. But it was just his fourth official rehabilitation game in the minors.

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Galvis may miss up to two months of action, although the Phillies said there is not yet a timetable for his recovery. The Phillies sent him to the minors last week after a 2-for-42 start.

Nix batted .154 with a .445 OPS in 43 plate appearances. Reid Brignac, who has started 156 career major-league games at shortstop, is the lone backup infielder for now. He was used mostly as a second and third baseman while at triple A.

Bullpen help soon could arrive in the form of righthander Ethan Martin. The 24-year-old suffered a shoulder strain in spring training. He struck out two Monday in a scoreless inning for Lehigh Valley. Nine of his 14 pitches were strikes.