Jayson Nix out with fractured hand after getting hit by a pitch from R.A. Dickey
The word Curtis Granderson used to describe the Yankees this season is "complex."
With numerous injuries, so many players getting shuttled in and out of the clubhouse and the PED drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez, this is far from what could be called a traditional Yankees team.
The Yankees lost another key contributor to their "complex" team Wednesday night when utility infielder Jayson Nix left with a fractured left hand.
Nix was hit on the hand in the bottom of the second inning with a fastball thrown by Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
The Yankees have used 50 players this season, exceeding last year's total of 45. They've also had 18 players do 23 stints on the disabled list.
Nix, who was on the disabled list with a Grade 2 hamstring strain in July, is likely to make it 19 and 24 today.
"It stinks," Granderson said. "[The injury] is very similar to the one I had. It's something as simple as getting hit by a pitch. It's a game of inches. If you could just move yourself out of the way, you stay in the ballgame and continue to play."
But the Yankees showed resilience during their 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays Wednesday night at the Stadium as several non-descript players did their job when called to action.
Joe Girardi was particularly proud of emergency starter Adam Warren and lefty reliever David Huff, who combined for eight innings of five-hit, two-run baseball.
"We got contributions up and down [the roster]," Girardi said. "Adam Warren to start, after he threw a side on Monday, got up just a little bit yesterday and to give us what he gave and then David Huff . . . a tremendous job."
Huff, who allowed one hit in five shutout innings, got the win thanks to a two-run home run by Alfonso Soriano in the eighth that put the Yankees ahead to stay.
"I know there are a lot of key elements to this team that are hurt. Nix going down is just bad luck because he's done really well when he's healthy," Huff said. "There's accountability for everybody here. I think that's the big thing in this clubhouse."
Warren said he was told there was a possibility he might get a start sometime this week and didn't feel any added pressure.
"I did run out of gas a little bit at the end, but I felt pretty good," said Warren, who gave up two runs in three innings with four strikeouts. "There were probably a little more baserunners that I wanted, but I felt like I battled through it."