The Washington Times - July 30, 2011, 12:21PM

The Washington Nationals have traded utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguer Erik Komatsu, a source confirmed to The Washington Times’ Amanda Comak.

ESPN’s Chris Singleton first reported the deal.

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Signed to a one-year, $2 million contract last winter, Hairston split time between five positions. That included 44 games at third base while Ryan Zimmerman was sidelined with an abdominal injury.

Hairston, 35, hit .268 with a .342 on-base percentage over 75 games this season. He was also a steadying influence in the clubhouse and known for his solid defense and strong arm.

In exchange, the Nationals received Double-A outfielder Komatsu. Baseball America ranked Komatsu Milwaukee’s 14th-best prospect.

The Nationals haven’t confirmed the corresponding 25-man roster move. Infielder Brian Bixler, who has also spent time in the outfield, is the likely candidate to be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.