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.
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.
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.
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.
August 13, 2012 |
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.