The Philadelphia Phillies cleared a spot on their 25- and 40-man rosters Monday by outrighting infielder Jayson Nix to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
A roster replacement will be announced Tuesday before the opener of a home series against the Los Angeles Angels.
Nix, 31, hit .154 (6-for-39) with a .214 on-base percentage, a .231 slugging percentage one homer and two RBIs in 18 games for Philadelphia this season. He walked twice and struck out 18 times.
The veteran utility man spent the previous two seasons with the New York Yankees, and he saw extensive action last year as a replacement for injured shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Nix batted .236/.308/.311 with three homers and 24 RBIs in 87 games for New York in 2013.
In a major league career that began in 20008, Nix also played for the Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays.
One potential replacement for Nix, Lehigh Valley infielder Freddy Galvis, broke his left clavicle Sunday, knocking him out for at least a few weeks, according to MLB.com.
In other Phillies news, two injured players moved their rehabs to Lehigh Valley on Monday. Outfielder Darin Ruf (left oblique strain) went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI, while right-hander Ethan Martin threw a scoreless inning. Both began rehab assignments last week with Class A Clearwater.