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Hairston available to pinch-hit; Rivera close

Hairston available to pinch-hit; Rivera close

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Hairston available to pinch-hit; Rivera close
LOS ANGELES -- The left hand of Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston was sore Sunday, but he was available for pinch-hitting the day after being hit by a 97-mph Stephen Strasburg fastball.

Precautionary X-rays Saturday were negative on the hand, which was not wrapped.

Manager Don Mattingly said Juan Rivera continues to improve from a sore left hamstring.

"We're good with Juan," Mattingly said. "I hope by the end of the day, we can use him at first base. He's gotten to that point. We feel like we're over the hump, but I don't want to panic and go to him a day early and go backward."

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