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Hairston exits early with hip tightness

Hairston exits early with hip tightness

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Hairston exits early with hip tightness
MIAMI -- Dodgers third baseman Jerry Hairston left Saturday night's 7-3 loss to the Marlins in the seventh inning with left hip tightness that he said he's been managing to play through all year.

Hairston, who went 1-for-3 before leaving, said he felt discomfort diving for Donovan Solano's bouncer inside third base, the first of three consecutive doubles that turned the game around in a four-run fifth inning for the Marlins.

"If I take a wrong turn to step, I feel it, and that time I jammed it pretty good," Hairston said. "Now I've got to make sure and be a little cautious. I've managed to be ready to play the next day. I don't want to blow it out and need a week or two or a month. It's one of those things I've got to manage better and I will."

Hairston missed 16 games in May with a left hamstring strain, but otherwise has been as versatile as advertised, playing third base, second base and left field. He has been getting significant time at third base recently with the benching of Juan Uribe.

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