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Indians claim Nix off outright waivers
06/24/2010 6:06 PM ET
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced they have claimed Jayson Nix off outright waivers and have added him to the Major League roster. The Indians also optioned RHP Jensen Lewis and INF Luis Valbuena to Triple-A Columbus. To allow room on the 40-man roster for Nix, the Indians have designated RHP Shane Lindsay for assignment.

Nix, 27, was recently designated for assignment by the White Sox on June 17th. In 24 games with the White Sox this year he batted .163 (8-49) with 3 runs scored, a double, a home run and 5 RBIs. He appeared in 16 games at third base, 3 games at second base, 2 games at short stop and 1 game in right field with the White Sox. Last year, Nix hit .224 (57-255) with 36 runs scored, 11 doubles, 12HR and 32RBI in 94 games with the Sox. He also stole 10 bases in 12 attempts and ranked 3rd among all American League rookies in home runs, 5th in RBIs and 6th in slugging percentage (.408).

The Dallas native owns a career Major League batting average of .200 (72-360) with 41 runs scored, 14 doubles, 13 HRs and 39 RBIs in 140 games over three seasons with the White Sox. Nix was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies as a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds (44th overall) of the 2001 June Draft before being signed by the White Sox in October of 2008. He will wear #12.

Lewis has gone 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA (21.0IP, 21H, 9R/ER, 13BB, 14K) in 20 appearances over two stints this year with Cleveland.

Valbuena has hit .166 (25-151) with 13 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 HRs and 14 RBIs in 49 games thus far this season.

Lindsay was claimed off waivers by the Indians on June 1 and was 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 4 appearances at Double-A Akron.

The Indians 25-man roster is currently at 24 as they will recall LHP Aaron Laffey prior to tomorrow's game against the Cincinnati Reds at 7:05 P.M. CT at Great American Ballpark.

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