MINNEAPOLIS -- The New York Yankees placed infielder Jayson Nix on the 15-day disabled list before their game Wednesday at Minnesota because of a strained right hamstring, and free agent infielder Luis Cruz was signed to fill in. Nix didnt play Tuesday against the Twins but said then he thought he would be able to play after a day to rest. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, however, an MRI test revealed a more severe Grade 2 strain than initially believed, and the team decided to shut down Nix. "I think we were all surprised," Girardi said, praising Nixs toughness but stressing the need for precaution with his injury-ravaged team. With Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira already on the disabled list, the Yankees are missing a whole lot of experience and production. Nix has started 40 games at shortstop and 24 games at third base, almost 80 per cent of their games with the season-long absences of Jeter and Rodriguez. Jeter has been recovering from surgery on his left ankle. Girardi said the team captain has been making progress in his rehabilitation and, he hopes, will soon return to the team. Another infielder, Eduardo Nunez, is on a rehab assignment with Class A Charleston for his strained left oblique. He is eligible to be activated this weekend, but Girardi declined to speculate on when Nunez would be back. The 29-year-old Cruz was let go by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week after hitting just .127 in 118 at-bats. Cruz has played shortstop, third base and second base during stints with Milwaukee and Pittsburgh since making his major league debut in 2008. Cruz was in the lineup Wednesday at shortstop, batting eighth. China Jerseys .C. at the helm of the top team in the Eastern Conference. His tenure as the GM in Vancouver was all too brief. Though he led the Canucks to what was then a franchise record-shattering campaign in just his second season, Nonis was gone and replaced one year later. Cheap NFL Jerseys China . Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., team took control of the game early. EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The bye week is usually met with eagerness by NFL teams, that rare in-season opportunity to let the body heal and rest and give the mind a brief break from the game-planning and pressure to win.The Minnesota Vikings might as well have passed on theirs this year. They sure didnt put it to good use.After taking the leagues only perfect record into the week off, looking every bit the Super Bowl contender theyve been gearing up to be, the Vikings have been dismantled in consecutive defeats by Philadelphia and Chicago on the road.Both the Eagles and Bears used heavy pressure on quarterback Sam Bradford and clogged rushing lanes when the Vikings handed off the ball, stymieing an offense that was far from dominant in the first five games but confident, crisp and efficient enough to complement the dominant defense.The Eagles have emerged among the NFCs early-season elite, so that one wasnt such a stunner. The Bears, though, took one victory into the game on Monday night and racked up 403 total yards, the most allowed by the Vikings this year. That included 158 yards rushing.You just cant explain the way we havent played well these last two weeks, linebacker Chad Greenway said.As unexpected and, for a playoff-caliber team, inexcusable as this more-lopsided-than-the-score-indicated 20-10 loss was, the context and timing of the contest were not exactly in Minnesotas favor. As bad as the Bears had played before this, they had 10 days to prepare for a division foe. They also benefited from a fresh Jay Cutler, all but on his way out as the franchise quarterback with nothing to lose and a mind to prove his worth on a prime-time stage.Cutler is 9-5 in 14 career starts against the Vikings, his most victories against any team, including a sparkling 7-1 at Soldier Field. Coach Mike Zimmer offered scant insight about his teams performance in a terse postgame newws conference, keeping his comments to a mere three minutes, but he credited Cutler for his play.dddddddddddde didnt make any plays. They made them all, Zimmer said.Last season, the Vikings ended a couple of ignominious losing streaks, but theyre still 2-14 on the road against Chicago since 2000 and 1-8 in their last nine Monday night games regardless of site. The coaches and players have changed, of course, but fans dont forget the Vikings are 10-21 in night games over the last decade.Success for NFL teams is as much about minimizing flaws as it is about seizing opportunities presented by the opponents weaknesses, and the Vikings have done an awful job of this for two straight weeks.The offensive line is squarely in the spotlight right now, with struggles at every position, particularly tackles T.J. Clemmings and Jake Long. The Vikings have allowed 11 sacks over the last two games, and Bradford has thusly been largely out of sync.We havent proven it yet. So I dont know if hopefuls the right word, right this second, Zimmer said when asked if he was optimistic about a rebound by the offensive line. Weve got to get it fixed, though.Bradford wasnt about to blame the blockers. He overthrew Stefon Diggs, a pass that wouldve been a 50-yard touchdown late in the first quarter after his best wide receiver badly beat Bears cornerback Tracy Porter on the route.Regardless of whats going on up front, I have to figure out a way to move the football down the field, Bradford said.The Vikings host another division foe, Detroit, this weekend.We just have to figure the way we did it, what the formula was those first five weeks, and do it, Bradford said.---AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL coverage on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '