Hairston understands his omission from NLDS roster

Outfielder cites his lack of production as the primary reason

Hairston understands his omission from NLDS roster

WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston said he was disappointed about not making the club's roster for the National League Division Series. He didn't make it because slugger Ryan Zimmerman will be coming off the bench.

Zimmerman may start with left-hander Madison Bumgarner on the hill for the Giants in Game 3 on Monday (at either 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. ET on MLB Network). Reliever Ross Detwiler and Hairston will be available if the Nationals make it to the NL Championship Series.

  Date Time Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   SF 3, WAS 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   SF 2, WAS 1 (18 inn.) video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   WAS 4, SF 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   SF 3, WAS 2 video

"If it's between me and Ryan Zimmerman, it's Ryan Zimmerman 100 percent of the time. I have no problems with that," Hairston said. "He is a better player. He is on that roster 100 percent."

Hairston blamed himself for not making the roster because of his production at the plate. He hit .208 with a home run and eight RBIs in 61 games this season.

"I was waiting for this moment [for] a long time. I finally got in here, and I didn't make it," Hairston said. "It's part of the game. As a player, you want to be chosen, but that wasn't the case. I blame it on myself. I thought there were opportunities this year where I could have been more productive, and I wasn't. So that's the way it worked out."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.