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Nix taking over for 'The Missile'?

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BALTIMORE - Here's definitely a situation to keep an eye on, especially with Alexei Ramirez continuing to look completely awful at the plate on Thursday night.
It is probably not a coincidence that Jayson Nix has been playing shortstop for both Class AA Birmingham and now Class AAA Charlotte on his current rehab assignment, especially considering the struggles Ramirez is having offensively for the White Sox.
Nix is out of minor-league options, so when he's declared healthy, he's either on the 25-man roster or would have to get through waivers.
Here's a very logical scenario if Ramirez snaps out of it or not: The Sox call Nix up and either send Jerry Owens down because Brent Lillibridge can also play center field or possibly even send Ramirez down so he can get right.
That means Nix would play shortstop.
"One thing in my lineup, I need the 'Missile' to get it going,'' manager Ozzie Guillen admitted on Thursday. "Not get him going about getting hits. The at-bats, I wish I had better at-bats from him. We talk about it. I think he puts a lot of pressure on himself. He tries to do too much. I talked to him early, in Tampa. I told him don't worry about it. [Hitting coach] Greg [Walker] has been working with him.''

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After the season he had last year Alexei deserves a bit of slack. It would be stupid and disrespectful to send him down. Are they gonna send Thome down? Did they send Dye and Konerko down in recent years when they had terrible starts? Get real. Any idiot can see the kid can play.

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