By Tom Schad
Utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks due to a small break in his right wrist. Rick Ankiel was activated from the DL and will take Hairston’s place.
Hairston was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning on Wednesday, fracturing a small bone where the wrist meets the base of the hand. He said that he would try to avoid a trip to the DL, but ultimately the injury was not allowing him to play at 100 percent. Manager Davey Johnson knew that it was a break right away.
“I could tell the kind of pain that he was in and I saw where it hit him,” he said. “I’ve been hit they’re numerous times and I thought he probably had a break.”
Hairston only had two at-bats during the team’s recent trip to California but was batting .260 on the season with two homers and 17 RBIs. He most recently spent time in the outfield as Laynce Nix continues to manage his sore right Achilles.
“It’s tough to lose him [Hairston],” Johnson said. “We were kind of beat up out there with him, Nixxy and Werth. Hopefully with the off day we got a little bit healthier.”
Ankiel will rejoin the team after his own stint on the DL. He strained his left intercostal muscle on June 14 while catching a routine fly ball in right field. Johnson said that he will primarily use the 31-year-old as a fourth outfielder.
“I like Rick,” Johnson said, “[but] basically I’m going to keep Bernadina in center. He’s doing a good job and I want to give him every chance he can to establish himself as a major league ballplayer.”
That said, Ankiel will surely see more time with Hairston on the DL – especially because Johnson expects the fracture to be slightly more serious than anticipated.
“They’re talking two weeks,” he said of Hairston’s injury. “I’d be surprised if it didn’t take three weeks.”