The Washington Times - June 8, 2011, 02:55AM

SAN FRANCISCO — Jerry Hairston Jr. made it to AT&T Park Tuesday night but from the moment he woke up Tuesday morning he couldn’t get his back to loosen up. That came to a head after the second pitch he saw but Hairston remained in the game until the fifth inning.

After working a six-pitch walk — and making his way gingerly down to first base — Hairston was pulled from the game with back spasms. He said he will not be able to play on Wednesday in the series finale between the Nationals and Giants.

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“I tried to get it loose before the game, before batting practice and it just got progressively worse,” Hairston said. “Just one of those things where you’ve got to give it time and hopefully it’ll be OK in 24-48 hours. I woke up pretty stiff and tried to loosen it and just couldn’t do it. During the game it just got worse and worse. I’ve had it before, just one of those things where you’ve just got to let it calm down.”

Hairston has been the Nationals primary third baseman in the absence of Ryan Zimmerman. Brian Bixler replaced him in the fifth inning but Alex Cora played one inning there defensively in the ninth.