PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his left hip, manager Don Mattingly announced Monday.
To fill Hairston's place, the team recalled utility man Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque. The club expected Herrera to arrive at some point during Monday's game in Pittsburgh. Hairston was on his way back to Los Angeles to see a doctor when Mattingly spoke to reporters before the series opener.
"Obviously, the hip thing was more of an issue than we thought. It must have been bothering him longer than he let us know," Mattingly said. "It kind of went from being a day-to-day thing for us to, all of a sudden, looking at 15 [days] -- hopefully 15. He said it's been bothering him like three months."
In 78 games this season, Hairston has hit .273 with four home runs and 26 RBIs. Adam Kennedy started at third base on Monday.
Herrera has appeared in 51 games for the Dodgers this season, having most recently seen big league action on July 8. The 27-year-old is batting .243 with one home run and 16 RBIs. He's also 4-for-6 in stolen-base attempts.
"He's a guy that I don't necessarily know if I'm going to throw him right into the mix," Mattingly said. "Elian is really here as a guy that's going to give us a lot of flexibility."