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.