Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:43 pm
San Diego's list of walking wounded continues to grow, and Saturday the Padres placed Jerry Hairston Jr. on the disabled list with an elbow ligament strain. He's been feeling pain in his right elbow for six weeks, but only in recent days has it gotten to the point where he doesn't think he can play at all. An MRI exam showed no structural damage.
"It's progressively gotten worse ... I've tried to fight through it," Hairston told MLB.com Friday. "We'll just rest it and it will get better."
Hairston isn't at the top of the depth chart at any position for the first-place Padres, but he's started 102 games at five different positions, giving the team valuable versatility. He's been key covering for shortstop Everth Cabrera during two trips to the DL, and when second baseman David Eckstein missed a month.
The 34-year-old is batting just .249 but has kicked in 50 RBIs and hit a career-high 10 homers. The Padres have not yet announced a corresponding roster move, but one possibility is that Cabrera, who lost his job to Miguel Tejada, will be coming back from Triple-A.
The Padres lost center fielder Tony Gwynn to season-ending hand surgery a week ago, and his replacement, Chris Denorfia, sat out Friday with a leg cramp. On the bright side, Oscar Salazar, who has missed 27 games with an Achilles strain, could be back this weekend.
-- David Andriesen
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