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February 19, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Even if the Dodgers win the World Series, this season might not be Jerry Hairston Jr.'s last. Recalling his declaration last month that he would retire at the end of the season if the Dodgers won the championship, Hairston said, “I was just coming off of hip surgery and, really, I was more excited about the opportunity of winning.” “Would I trade a World Series for retirement? Absolutely.” But the 36-year-old utilityman said he would wait until the season ended to make a decision.
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December 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
JERRY HAIRSTON , JR., 37, utility player Final 2013 stats: .211 batting average, two homers, 22 RBI, 17 runs and .265 on-base and .275 slugging percentages in 226 plate appearances. Contract status: Retired. The good: He hit .258 in the first half. Continued strong versatility, playing third, first, left, right and even a touch of second. Proved a natural with microphone in hand. Your browser does not support iframes. The bad: Went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring in May, came back to hit well for a month, and then it all went downhill.
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May 6, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
  Are you ready for Adam Kennedy, Dodgers' starting third baseman? Too bad. Pucker up precious, it's now at hand. Shortly after Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly complained to reporters that Juan Uribe's sore left wrist was not improving enough and would require a more extensive examination when the team returns home Monday, his replacement went down. Jerry Hairston Jr., who was proving increasingly valuable, damaged his left hamstring in the second inning in Chicago on Sunday.
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December 11, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
I'm thinking they're not all going to fit into the broadcast booth at one time. But the Dodgers' impressive stable of ex-players set to fill roles at their new sports network continues to grow. Jerry Hairston Jr., an absolute natural in front of a camera, is the latest to join their new broadcast team, according to Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM in Chicago. Hairston would join former Dodgers Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra, and MLB Network's Alanna Rizzo on the new broadcasting crew.
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May 25, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Pure, good-health news will have to wait another day. The Dodgers will have to take what they get for now, and on Friday that meant getting a healthy Jerry Hairston Jr. off the disabled list. Unfortunately, to add him back to the 25-man roster the Dodgers placed infielder Justin Sellers on the 15-day disabled list because of a bulging disk in his lower back. Hairston was immediately placed in the lineup at third base against the Astros, batting fifth behind Andre Ethier.
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April 28, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. was in the Washington Nationals' spring training camp with Bryce Harper last year. Hairston spent a few more days with Harper during the season while on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment with the Nationals' double-A affiliate. Harper, 19, will make his major league debut on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. But as amazed as Hairston is at how advanced Harper is at 19, that isn't what he thinks about when he looks at him. “I look at it different,” Hairston said.
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August 22, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The season is officially over for Jerry Hairston Jr., the Dodgers' utility player extraordinaire. The Dodgers announced after Wednesday's game that Hairston will have surgery on his left hip sometime in the next two weeks. Hairston has been on the disabled list since Aug. 13 with what the Dodgers initially called an inflamed hip. He did not respond to an anti-inflammatory injection last week. Head trainer Sue Falsone said Tuesday that Hairston would likely be examined by a couple more hip specialists before the exact nature of his potential surgery was determined, but it would likely involve an arthroscopic procedure similar to what is more commonly performed on shoulders.
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May 5, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Jerry Hairston Jr. understands he's a role player, and he's embraced it. In 15 years in the major leagues, he's been a regular only once. The Dodgers signed him to be a utility player, and turning 37 later this month, it's not as if he's suddenly trying to reinvent himself. Trouble is, he's looking like someone the Dodgers need to play regularly. And particularly with Juan Uribe struggling, it might be hard to sit Hairston down. He's the only Dodger not named Matt Kemp who is hitting over .300 and is playing very good defense.
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October 20, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
JERRY HAIRSTON JR., 36, utility Final 2012 stats: .273 batting average, four home runs, 26 RBI, 19 runs, .342 on-base and .387 slugging percentages in 238 at-bats. Contract status: Signed for 2013 at $3.75 million, the last of his two-year contract. The good: Hairston was sort of the new Jamey Carroll, the utility man extraordinaire. He split time between second and third, but also played 15 games in left field. Got off to a terrific start, was hitting .366 with .435 on-base and .525 slugging percentages through June 9. The bad: After June 9, however, his season took a drastic turn.
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August 13, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
You might think it's just some kind of nefarious plot to figure out a way to get Juan Uribe another chance, or you might think it's just that Jerry Hairston Jr. is 36 years old and these things happen. Things start to ache, hurt, break down. Being a bulletproof 25 seems a lot closer when you're 36 than 56, but it's all going in one direction. Hairston told Don Mattingly his left hip had been bothering him for three months, and it just got worse. Monday it was bad enough that the Dodgers placed Hairston on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed left hip. Apparently, as players too often do with injuries, he just sort of failed to mention it. All while Hairston had become the de facto starting third baseman since Hanley Ramirez was moved from third to short Aug. 3. Hairston was signed to be the Dodgers' new super utility player, but much like the man he replaced - Jamey Carroll - was playing a lot more than either he or the Dodgers had envisioned.
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August 1, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
CHICAGO - Jerry Hairston Jr. had bags under his eyes. So did Hanley Ramirez. But Hairston, Ramirez and the other Dodgers stayed awake long enough Thursday to win for the 28th time in their last 35 games, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 6-4, at Wrigley Field. "It felt like a battle all day," said Manager Don Mattingly. "It didn't come easy. That's what I liked about the win. " BOX SCORE: Dodgers 6, Chicago Cubs 4 The Dodgers lost to the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night, after which they boarded a four-hour flight to Chicago.
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May 26, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers' bench wasn't looking any deeper Sunday, particularly in the outfield. Scott Van Slyke suffered a bit of whiplash diving for a ball Saturday and was questionable, the Dodgers elected not to activate Jerry Hairston Jr. for another day and Matt Kemp was given the day off. If Van Slyke is unable to play, Kemp is the only backup outfielder. Best expect to see him at some point. Van Slyke was getting continued treatment on his neck and thought he could play. “It should loosen up as the day goes on,” Van Slyke said.
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May 7, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
So it's come to this, the Dodgers struggling mightily and they reach into the farm system to pull out Elian Herrera. Doesn't exactly sound like the sound of the cavalry arriving on the hill top, but such is the Dodgers' plight. They officially placed Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin, bypassed the hot-hitting Scott Van Slyke and called up Herrera from triple-A Albuquerque. The Dodgers have to be hoping for the Herrera they called up last year who hit .305 in his first 31 games, and not the utility player who hit .141 in his next 20 games and was jettisoned back to Albuquerque.
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May 6, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
At some point, will the Dodgers have more players on the disabled list than the active roster? They're starting to make it close. Moments after they finally placed Mark Ellis on DL, Jerry Hairston Jr. came off the field after briefly testing his sore groin Monday and headed into the clubhouse. Now Hairston is expected to be placed on the DL after Monday's game against the Diamondbacks, and the Dodgers are expected to call up an outfielder. “I never want to put the team in harm's way,” Hairston said before taking the field.
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May 5, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. OK, he's got us. Jerry Hairston Jr., self-proclaimed best dancer on the team, has now taken to the microphone. And this was great fun, as Hairston moves through the clubhouse interviewing teammates. Seems A.J. Ellis has some competition as a clever interviewer. He describes Matt Kemp as the “second-best looking guy on the Dodgers.” Interviews reliever Matt Guerrier, he of the world's most interesting man fame, and asks what music he plays to get psyched up before pitching and he says, “Bieber, he really gets me fired up.” And then Guerrier went into a rap. Honest.
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March 19, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
AT THE PLATE: Veteran utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr., who started the day with a .174 average, homered and doubled. Hairston said he was never concerned about his slow start. "Especially coming off hip surgery, I wanted to make sure I was healthy and ready for the season," Hairston said. ON THE MOUND: Chris Capuano started in place of Chad Billingsley, who was scratched with a bruised finger on his pitching hand. Capuano had his best performance of the spring, holding the Athletics to a run and five hits over 52/3 innings.
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January 14, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Jerry Hairston Jr. will call it a career if he wins another World Series ring this year. “If we win the World Series, I guarantee you I'm going to retire,” Hairston said. “You can't get any better than that.” Hairston, the Dodgers' 36-year-old utilityman, won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 2009. “It would be cool to say I won one with the Yankees and won one with the Dodgers,” he said. But Hairston, whose family was honored Saturday at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation gala, will first have to come back from a hip operation that cut short his 2012 season.
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March 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PEORIA, Ariz. - Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston Jr. each carried a pair of fielders' gloves to the backfields at Camelback Ranch on Saturday, just as they have done every morning during spring training. "That's part of being a bench player," says Schumaker, who has played five positions in the majors, even pitching an inning. "That's why you take a couple of gloves out there in practice and work at every position. Because you don't know where you're going to be. " That may not be an issue should Carl Crawford's comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery remain stalled.
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March 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PEORIA, Ariz. - Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston Jr. each carried a pair of fielders' gloves to the backfields at Camelback Ranch on Saturday, just as they have done every morning during spring training. "That's part of being a bench player," says Schumaker, who has played five positions in the majors, even pitching an inning. "That's why you take a couple of gloves out there in practice and work at every position. Because you don't know where you're going to be. " That may not be an issue should Carl Crawford's comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery remain stalled.
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February 19, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Even if the Dodgers win the World Series, this season might not be Jerry Hairston Jr.'s last. Recalling his declaration last month that he would retire at the end of the season if the Dodgers won the championship, Hairston said, “I was just coming off of hip surgery and, really, I was more excited about the opportunity of winning.” “Would I trade a World Series for retirement? Absolutely.” But the 36-year-old utilityman said he would wait until the season ended to make a decision.
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