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Dodgers place Jerry Hairston on disabled list

The Los Angeles utility man tweaked his groin during Saturday's game.


The Los Angeles Dodgers placed utility man Jerry Hairston on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained groin. Hairston said he was injured running the bases during Los Angeles's loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

Hairston, 37, attempted to test the injury to show management that he could still play, but came away with a noticeable limp, according to Dodgers clearly did not expect him to be able to play within the next two weeks.

Hairston signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2012 season and had a nice year off the bench, posting a .729 OPS in 78 games and playing multiple positions as needed. In 20 games this season, he has already seen time at both corner outfield spots and both corner infield spots. His hitting has fallen off a bit as his OBP dipped to .304 on the season prior to his injury.

A corresponding roster move has not yet been announced. However, manager Don Mattingley mentioned four Triple-A players--Alfredo Amezaga, Alex Castellanos, Elian Herrera, and Scott Van Slyke--as possibilities to take Hairston's roster spot. Of those four, only Herrera is currently both on the 40 man roster and uninjured.

It does not sound like top prospect Yasiel Puig is being considered an option for a call up at this time.