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Hairston struggling on defense for past week

Hairston struggling on defense for past week

Hairston struggling on defense for past week
NEW YORK -- Jerry Hairston has been spectacular at times being shuffled around the Dodgers' infield this year. But he has been shaky in the past week at third base, where he's been charged with four errors since Sunday.

Three of the miscues were with throws, including one on Friday night that put the tying run on second base in the ninth inning when Hairston charged a roller by Jordany Valdespin and pulled a throw across his body wide of first baseman Juan Rivera.

"His throwing has been an issue a little bit, and I don't know what to say about it," said manager Don Mattingly. "I don't know if he's trying to do too much. I felt like last night he rushed there. He had another step to straighten up and get something on it.

"But he's also made unbelievable plays, throwing from his knees that tells you there's nothing wrong with his arm. He's a utility man for a reason -- it's not a slight. But you can't say he's a third baseman or a shortstop or a left fielder. His value comes from being able to play all over -- and a couple of throws the last four or five days have been off."

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