Hairston's return from DL pushed back

Hairston's return from DL pushed back

PHOENIX -- Dodgers utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. will need a few more days before returning from the disabled list, manager Don Mattingly said on Monday.

Hairston played in an extended spring training game at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex on Monday, after which it was decided he would not return to the club on Wednesday, as planned.

"The plan has shifted a little bit," said Mattingly. "We're going to give him a day off tomorrow. He's going to play Wednesday and Thursday in Albuquerque [on a Minor League assignment]. He felt a little rushed, like he needs a couple more days playing.

"I'd rather be on the conservative side. We might as well make sure he's 100 percent. Maybe Friday."

Hairston, who strained his left hamstring trying to leg out an infield hit in Chicago on May 6, is eligible to be activated Tuesday and the original plan was to have him rejoin the team Wednesday. The Dodgers open a homestand Friday night against Houston after a day off Thursday.