After testing groin, Hairston heading to disabled list

After testing groin, Hairston heading to disabled list

LOS ANGELES -- Jerry Hairston is heading to the disabled list, manager Don Mattingly confirmed after the Dodgers fell to the D-backs, 9-2, on Monday night.

Hairston planned to test his strained left groin before Monday's game to prove to management that he could play, but he walked off the field at Dodger Stadium with a noticeable limp after loosening up. The veteran utility man will be placed on the disabled list Tuesday.

Before Monday's game, Mattingly said management had discussed several different possibilities in case Hairston required a stint on the disabled list. The manager mentioned four players from Triple-A Albuquerque: Alfredo Amezaga, Alex Castellanos, Elian Herrera and Scott Van Slyke. However, Van Slkye and Amezaga are not on the 40-man roster, and Castellanos is on the seven-day disabled list. Mattingly did not mention top prospect Yasiel Puig, who is hitting .306 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 19 games with Double-A Chattanooga.

Hairston said he tweaked his groin while running the bases during Saturday's 10-9 loss at San Francisco. He was removed from the game in the fifth inning in a double-switch. Hairston pinch-hit Sunday, but he did not play the field.

"The last couple days I've been trying to make sure I don't pull it or really hurt it any way," Hairston said Monday afternoon before heading out to the field to warm up, "but I'm going to be smart about it and see how I feel today and then be honest. The sad thing is, I'm really starting to feel good at the plate."

Hairston was 8-for-20 (.400) with one homer, two doubles and three RBIs over his last eight games.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.