With Hairston on DL, Herrera called up from Triple-A

With Hairston on DL, Herrera called up from Triple-A

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers recalled utility man Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday and placed Jerry Hairston on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

Herrera, 28, was hitting .250 with two home runs, four doubles and 16 RBIs in 27 games with the Isotopes this year.

Herrera made his Major League debut with the Dodgers last May 15. He played second base, shortstop and third base, in addition to all three outfield positions last season in the Majors. Herrera appeared in 67 games with the club in 2012, hitting .251 with one homer, 10 doubles and 17 RBIs.

Manager Don Mattingly said he anticipates using Herrera in the outfield more than the infield, where the club has more options.

"He gives us both corners, and a right-handed bat," Mattingly said before Tuesday's game against the D-backs. "It's something that we had with Jerry."

Hairston tweaked his left groin while running the bases during Saturday's 10-9 loss at San Francisco. Hairston pinch-hit Sunday, but he did not play the field. The 36-year-old tried to work out with the team before Monday's game against the D-backs, but he limped off the field after warming up.

"I just couldn't really run," Hairston said Tuesday. "I'll get it right and be ready to go in two weeks. I've just got to let it calm down."

Hairston is the 10th Dodgers player to spend time on the disabled list this season. He is hitting .255 with one homer and five RBIs in 20 games, including 11 starts. Hairston has appeared at third, first, left field and right field.

Did management consider calling up outfielder Yasiel Puig, the organization's top prospect, from Double-A Chattanooga?

"Puig's a whole different story," Mattingly said.

Mattingly said he's concerned about the lack of a power bat on the bench and said the club is looking to address that. The manager mentioned Scott Van Slyke as an option.

Van Slyke is hitting .393 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in 31 games with Albuquerque. He's been playing first base, but Mattingly said Van Slyke would move back to the outfield with the Isotopes.

"He's played the outfield pretty much his whole life," Mattingly said, "so just getting him back out there and getting a feel for fly balls and jumps and things like that."

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