The Dodgers activated Jerry Hairston Jr. from the disabled list on Friday, giving them one of their five regular or semi-regular players back that has been lost to the DL in May. To make room for Hairston, infielder Justin Sellers was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his lower back.
Hairston, who hit .315/.403/.463 in 19 games this season, injured his left hamstring while running to first base at Wrigley Field in Chicago on May 6. He sat out the next three games but it was ultimately decided to place Hairston on the disabled list on May 11, retroactive to May 7. He missed a total of 16 games, but the Dodgers went 12-4 without Hairston.
Hairston has played all over this season but given the presence of Bobby Abreu in left field Hairston would have likely played a lot of third base had he stayed healthy. Since Hairston left the game in Chicago on May 6, Dodgers third basemen hit .226/.300/.355 with one home run and seven RBI in nearly 17 games.
Hairston has started eight games at third base for the Dodgers this season, five games in left field, and two games at second base.
Hairston played in an intrasquad game at Camelback Ranch on Monday, then played in a pair of minor league rehab games with Triple A Albuquerque on Wednesday and Thursday. Hairston was 0-for-6 in the two games, playing left field Wednesday, then second and third base on Thursday.
Both Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera will play in rehab games in Albuquerque on Sunday and Monday. The plan for Kemp is to be activated Tuesday, the first day he is eligible. Rivera's left hamstring injury was much more severe in that he ruptured a tendon, but he has apparently made great strides in his recovery. Rivera was placed on the disabled list on May 9.