As expected, the Dodgers placed Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained left hamstring. The move was retroactive to Monday. Justin Sellers was recalled from Triple A Albuquerque to take Hairston's place on the active roster.
Hairston is the second Dodger in three days to be placed on the DL with a left hamstring strain, as Juan Rivera was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday.
Hairston strained his left hamstring while running to first base on a single in the top of the second inning on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Hairston grabbed his left leg while running to first base, then immediately doubled over upon reaching the bag. He was removed from the game at that point, after a brief consultation from trainer Sue Falsone.
He didn't play in any of the three games against the Giants, and an MRI on Wednesday confirmed a strain of the hamstring. Hairston after Wednesday's game was hopeful he could avoid a stint on the DL but also had a practical approach to his injury.
"I'm holding out hope, but I want to be smart," Hairston said. "If it's going to take 10 days to heal or 14-15 days, you'd rather take that especially this time of the year, than running the risk of blowing it out and missing two months."
Hairston has been a valuable reserve so far this season for the Dodgers, hitting .315/.403/.463 in 19 games. He has filled in at third base, left field, and second base, and has made several highlight defensive plays in the early going.
Sellers made the opening day roster for the Dodgers, and started four games at shortstop, once at third base, and once at second base. Sellers was 3-for-20 at the plate with the Dodgers, and he was optioned to Triple A Albuquerque on May 4 to make room for the newly signed Bobby Abreu.
Because Sellers was recalled within 10 days of being sent out, he accrues service time and his MLB salary as if last Friday's option never happened.
Sellers was 2-for-7 with a double and a sacrifice fly in his two games with the Isotopes. He was held out of Thursday's lineup in anticipation of getting recalled.