Los Angeles Dodgers utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. The 15-year veteran suffered a left groin strain in the team’s 10-9 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
It is certainly a big loss for the Dodgers as Hairston gives the team a productive bat at the plate and an even better glove on defense. He has suited up 20 games (11 starts) at first base, third base, left field and right field this season. He has been flawless for the most part, with the exception of two committed errors at third base.
Hairston suffered the groin injury while running the bases in the fifth inning. He managed to score from second base on a Matt Kemp single to center field. However, he clearly struggled as he ran down the third base line. In fact, Hairston walked slowly for a while after he crossed home plate, and then limped his way over to the dugout.
“I just couldn’t really run,” Hairston said, according to Dodgers.com. “I’ll get it right and be ready to go in two weeks. I’ve just got to let it calm down.”
Los Angeles has called up Elian Herrera from Triple-A to take Hairston’s spot on the roster. Herrera batted .250 with two home runs, 16 RBI, four doubles and five stolen bases in 116 at-bats in the minors this season.
“He gives us both corners, and a right-handed bat,” manager Don Mattingly told Dodgers.com. “It’s something that we had with Jerry.”
Hairston should not need more than the 15 required days for his groin to heal properly.