KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals added Jayson Nix into the mix on Thursday as they acquired the veteran journeyman infielder off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Nix, who will likely join the club Saturday, hit .133 with one home run and three RBIs in 34 games this season with the Philadelphia Phillies and Pirates. He also hit .272 in 55 games with Durham, the Tampa Bay Rays' Triple-A affiliate.

"We got another guy for depth in the infield," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We really love the job that Christian Colon has done, but going into September, we felt we needed another infielder for depth.

"Jayson Nix is a veteran guy and has played in big markets and fits our mold here of players that we like to bring in."

Nix, 32, has a .214 batting average in 459 games over seven years in the majors. When he arrives, probably Saturday, the Royals will have to make a roster move to put him on the 25-man roster.