May 25, 2012 |
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.
January 14, 2013 |
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.
August 22, 2012 |
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.
April 28, 2012 |
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.
May 5, 2012 |
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.
October 20, 2012 |
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.