Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained left groin, and he was expected to start a rehab assignment and come off the DL when eligible. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Daily News that Hairston suffered “a little bit of a setback.”
The Dodgers sent Hairston to a doctor in Arizona yesterday to have his left knee checked out, as the 36-year-old veteran is now feeling some soreness there. This setback leaves Hairston’s time table unclear, and we’ll see if the Dodgers utility man is still suffering from the effects of the groin stain, in addition to his new ailment.
Hairston will most likely be set for a rehab assignment once his knee gets better, and it’s good to hear that Mattingly is terming this as a minor setback. In 20 games and 51 at-bats this season, Hairston has hit just .255 with only three extra-base hits and five RBIs to show for the low batting average. It would be a surprise if the Dodgers activated Hairston from the DL before playing in a couple of rehab games, but I would still expect Hairston to return to the Dodgers before the end of the month.