Hairston could return from DL next week

Hairston could return from DL next week

Hairston could return from DL next week
LOS ANGELES -- Of the Dodgers' four position players on the disabled list, utility man Jerry Hairston is likely to return first, possibly as early as the middle of next week.

Hairston, who strained his left hamstring running out an infield single on May 6, increased the intensity of his running on Friday after resuming all other phases of baseball activity earlier. The last hurdle will be running the bases this weekend.

"Everything feels good," said Hairston. "I hope to be playing in games in a few days."

Manager Don Mattingly said if Hairston's progress continues, he will play one or two games in a Minor League rehab assignment next week while the Dodgers are in Arizona playing the D-backs.

Hairston is eligible to be activated on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, as Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera continue their recoveries from left hamstring injuries, third baseman Juan Uribe is scheduled to have his injured left wrist examined by a hand specialist on Saturday to determine if he should continue conservative treatment or something more aggressive like surgery is necessary.

Uribe has been troubled by two areas of discomfort, one being arthritic change, and a more worrisome spot on the top of the wrist.