CINCINNATI -- The nature of Laynce Nix's injury remained somewhat shrouded in mystery on Saturday, but his availability from the Reds' bench was unlikely again. "Dire emergency," Reds manager Dusty Baker said about Nix's status on Saturday. "We have to get that straight." During the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Cardinals on Friday, Nix was not used in a ninth-inning pinch-hit opportunity that seemed to suit him. After the game, Baker said Nix was unavailable but would not disclose the reason. The skipper remained mum on Saturday.
Nix was nearly as coy when asked why he was sidelined. "It's just a tight muscle hindering me from playing," he said. "I will be back in a couple of days. It's nothing too serious. I haven't been able to swing the bat, but it's getting a lot better." Last season, Nix missed 14 games on the disabled list with a cervical disc injury in his back. Baker didn't believe Nix, who is the only left-handed bat on the bench, would need to be placed on the DL for his current injury. "I don't anticipate a move," Baker said. "Plus, for what Nix brings to the table, who is the move?" At Triple-A Louisville, two left-handed hitters -- Juan Francisco and Danny Dorn -- recently went down with injuries. Yonder Alonso was just promoted to Louisville this week from Double-A Carolina. "Nix has done a good job for us with the bat," Baker said. "Sometimes, you have to wait. I played short half of last year."