Mattingly concerned with Hairston's throwing

Mattingly concerned with Hairston's throwing

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he is "more concerned" with infielder Jerry Hairston's throwing after the veteran utility man picked up his fifth throwing error in the last five games Friday.

Playing third base, Hairston fielded a chopper but spiked the throw to the plate with the bases loaded in the 17-4 split-squad win over the White Sox, pulling catcher A.J. Ellis off home and costing Minor League pitcher Ethan Martin an unearned run.

The 35-year-old Hairston reportedly had some arm or shoulder discomfort earlier in Spring Training but missed no time. Mattingly would not speculate on whether Hairston is trying to play through an injury, but he said the club would "look further into" Hairston's status.

Hairston was on the disabled list last year for three weeks with a hairline fracture of his throwing wrist sustained when he was hit by a Dan Haren pitch.

Hairston was signed to a two-year, $6 million deal to replace Jamey Carroll as a backup middle infielder and was valued by the Dodgers because he has the unique versatility of also playing all three outfield positions and third base.