Hairston targeting Wednesday return

Hairston targeting Wednesday return

Hairston targeting Wednesday return
LOS ANGELES -- Eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, Jerry Hairston Jr. is hopeful he'll be available -- if not Tuesday, then at least Wednesday for the final game of the Dodgers' three-game set against Arizona.

Hairston, who went on the DL on May 7 with a left hamstring strain, ran the bases before Friday's game against the Cardinals. He'll likely play two rehab games, though it's still unclear where, before he makes his return to the Dodgers.

The biggest hurdle that Hairston, who was hitting .315 with a .403 on-base percentage at the time of the injury, cleared on Saturday was stopping and starting while running.

"I just wanted to test it a little bit," Hairston said. "Today was the day we wanted to test it and see where I was at. Hopefully, I'll be getting in a game or two really soon, and hopefully join the team really soon."

Manager Don Mattingly said it's likely Hairston's rehab stint will begin Monday, which would put him on track for a Wednesday return.

Though Hairston has spent most of his time this season at third base or in left field, he could see plenty of action at second base when he returns. Second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the disabled list prior to Saturday's game.

Hairston going down seemed to set off a rash of Dodgers injuries. He was the first of five Dodgers that have been to the DL in the last two weeks.

"It's not all bleak. Everything has kind of happened in a clump here, but I still feel good," Mattingly said. "It's not like these are all long-term things. We're going to get Jerry back here in a few days."