Two days after leaving Saturday's game with tightness in his left hip, Jerry Hairston Jr. was placed on the disabled list. The Dodgers made the move on Monday, calling up Elian Herrera from Triple A Albuquerque.
The move is retroactive to Sunday, with left hip inflammation as the official cause.
Don Mattingly on Sunday said he didn't expect Hairston's injury to land him on the disabled list, but apparently the conditioned worsened. He will fly back to Los Angeles for treatment on his hip, per Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times.
Or Mattingly simply doesn't want to have an even shorter bench, which already includes forgotten man Juan Uribe.
Hairston snapped an 0-for-23 slump with two hits on Friday, and was 1-for-3 Saturday before leaving the game.
Herrera was one of the feel-good stories of the 2012 Dodgers, hitting .243/.326/.331 in 51 games, and had a pair of game-winning hits. The 27-year old utility man was sort of a Derrel Thomas lite, starting games in all three outfield spots, third base, second base, and even played three innings at shortstop.
Herrera hit .299/.345/.458 in 24 games for Albuquerque since he was optioned back to Triple A on July 13.
Adam Kennedy gets the start at third base on Monday night against the Pirates, but it will be interesting to see how playing time at the hot corner is divided between Kennedy, Luis Cruz, Herrera, and Uribe with Hairston on the disabled list.
The Dodgers are 28-13 all-time at PNC Park.
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