Royals add veteran Nix to bench, drop rookie Colon

Jeff Roberson/AP file photoInfielder Jayson Nix was added to the Royals' World Series roster Tuesday before Game 1.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Infielder Jayson Nix was added to the Kansas City Royals' active roster for the World Series against San Francisco in place of rookie Christian Colon.

“Christian's more of an offensive option and Nix is more of a defensive option. Breaking it down and looking at all of our scenarios, especially in the National League, we decided to go with the defensive option,” Royals manager Ned Yost said before Tuesday's opener.

“We're more apt to probably double switch in some spots, and you quite frankly like Nix's defense a little better at third. Nix and Colon are very solid second basemen. They both play a solid short, but we just felt a little more comfortable with Nix at third.”

The 32-year-old Nix hasn't played since the wild-card playoff win over Oakland on Sept. 30, when he entered in the 10th inning and struck out in the 11th.

Colon sacrificed as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning of that game, then drove in the tying run with an infield single on a 12th-inning chopper as the Royals rallied to win 9-8. Colon's only other postseason appearance was when he entered Game 2 of the AL Championship Series as a ninth-inning defensive replacement.

Kansas City is the eighth major league team for Nix and third this season. He started spring training with Tampa Bay, was purchased by Philadelphia on March 28, became a free agent on May 13 when he refused a minor league assignment and re-signed with the Rays four days later.

He played 54 games at the Rays' Triple-A Durham farm team, was released by Tampa Bay on Aug. 1, signed with Pittsburgh two days later and was selected by the Royals off waivers on Aug. 28.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Legal challenge halts SFPD jurisdiction over dog attacks on federal land

Dog owners beware — canine attacks are now consequence-free on federal land… Continue reading

SF police shoot burglary suspect in Mission District

Man allegedly attacked officers before being shot in first on-duty SFPD shooting since June 2018

49ers win over Saints could help determine top seed in NFC playoffs

The NFC playoff picture is beginning to take shape after the 49ers… Continue reading

Not even heavy rain can stop the 25th annual SantaCon

Jolly, drunken fun event for Santas is the ‘least wonderful time of the year’ for many locals

Ronen says $100M service expansion is ‘going to fix’ SF’s mental health crisis

Compromise mental health plan has backing of mayor, full Board of Supervisors

Most Read