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Nationals place Hairston on DL with broken wrist

- Associated Press - Friday, July 1, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jerry Hairston Jr. was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a broken bone in his right wrist, an injury that is expected to sideline him from two to four weeks.

Hairston was hurt when he was hit by a pitch from Dan Haren in Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Hairston said the twilight conditions kept him from seeing the pitch in time, and he knew right away his wrist was broken.

"Hopefully healthy in two weeks," he said. "It's one of those things where it's broke in a good area where it could heal pretty quick."

Hairston said he'll give the wrist a week or so to calm down and then try swinging a bat. The injury doesn't require surgery or a cast.

"If I can swing the bat and tolerate it, they'll let me go," he said.

Hairston is batting .260 with two home runs and 17 RBIs. His move to the DL is retroactive to June 30.

The Nationals also activated outfielder Rick Ankiel from the 15-day DL.

Ankiel missed 14 games with a strained rib cage muscle. He was batting .204 with one home run and nine RBIs entering Friday's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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