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Jerry Hairston Jr. To Have Season-Ending Hip Surgery

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Jerry Hairston Jr. has played his last game of 2012.
Jerry Hairston Jr. has played his last game of 2012.

Aside from the sweep at the hands of the Giants on Wednesday, the Dodgers got some more bad news as Jerry Hairston Jr. will undergo surgery on his left hip and is out for the season.

The surgery hasn't yet been scheduled, but is expected to take place in the next two weeks. The Dodgers said the recovery time would be four to six months, meaning there is a chance Hairston might not be ready for the start of spring training.

Hairston provided the Dodgers flexibility this season, starting 21 games at second base, 16 games at third base, and six games in left field. He hit .273/.342/.387 in 78 games, right in line with his .259/.327/.372 career line.

He was signed to a two-year, $6 million contract before the season, and will make $3.75 million in his age 37 season in 2013.

Ethier's 'Monster' Blister

Andre Ethier went 2-for-4 on Wednesday, including a hit off a left-handed pitcher. Not bad considering he was nearly scratched from the lineup with a blister on his right hand.

Manager Don Mattingly said Ethier had to change his grip on the bat, and that he choked up more on Wednesday. Mattingly said the blister was huge, calling it "a monster," and said the blister ripped and got under a callus, which only exacerbated matters. It might prevent Ethier from taking batting practice, and will likely be something he has to deal with for some time, possibly the remainder of the season.

"This is going to be something that will nag a little bit," Mattingly said. "It will limit the amount of work he is going to do."

Hawksworth Done For This Season, Maybe Next

It has been a trying season for Blake Hawksworth in 2012, which culminated in arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Wednesday morning. The recovery time for the surgery is 12 months, which could put him out for nearly all of 2013 as well.

Hawkssworth had elbow surgery in January, but because of infections had to have a second elbow surgery a few weeks later. That put him well behind in spring training, and throughout his rehab he suffered various setbacks, ranging from his elbow to his neck to, eventually, his shoulder.

Hawksworth will be arbitration eligible this winter and due to the harsh realities of baseball is a virtual lock to be non-tendered.