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Hairston could have serious wrist injury

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 23, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jerry Hairston Jr. “felt a pop” in his left wrist while taking a practice swing in the seventh inning. That’s why he came out of the game.

Hairston said he felt a sharp pain. He has been been having wrist issues on and off since diving for a ball while playing for Cincinnati earlier this season. He disclosed that he had an MRI about 10 days ago and then received a cortisone shot to try and calm some inflammation.

“I’m just hoping it’s some scar tissue breaking up,” he said.

Hairston will have another MRI tomorrow. We should hear more then.

Hairston is hitting only .235 for the Yankees but his value comes in being able to play multiple positions, pinch run, get a bunt down or play late-inning outfield defense. His absence from the postseason roster would be damaging. Not fatally, of course. But the Yankees are better with him than without him.

The Yankees could replace him with Ramiro Pena. But Pena, while versatile, does not have major league experience in the outfield.

 
 

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80 Responses to “Hairston could have serious wrist injury”

  1. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Time to focus on 2010. :(

  2. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Listen the only reason why Hairston was playing the outfield was to give certain guys a blow during the season. Such subsitutions won’t be taking place in the playoffs. Also, Pena can take over as the backup infielder for the playoffs. Sure this injury is unfortunate and will hurt some, but not as damaging as you imply.

  3. talltenor September 23rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Darn! Hope he’s OK!

  4. able 21 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    The way Hairston came out would lead one to believe it had to be serious. Maybe Pena will turn into Brian Doyle this postseason.

  5. O September 23rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    AUstin Jackson?

  6. lets go twins September 23rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Repost from end of last thread:

    I was just taking a look at Burnett’s game log and I think his struggles have been WAY overblown. His numbers have been severely skewed by 4 pretty much atrocious starts.
    Since June 2nd he has had 4 REALLY bad starts where he gave up 7 runs, 9 runs, 6 runs, and 6 runs. In every other start though over about a 4 month span he has been dominant in most and very good in the rest. Take a look. It will make you feel a lot better about AJ. It sure has for me.

  7. Jones September 23rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I hope he is oaky.

    I love Pena, but is he even comfortable with the outfield yet? I know he played some down in Scranton

  8. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Wow, sounds like bad news – that will be a blow if he has to miss the playoffs.

  9. able 21 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Good point Crawdaddy. I was surprised to see how Hairston’s batting average has lowered, because when he first came over he was getting some clutch hits. I guess that is a factor of the wrist

  10. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    losing hairston sucks but its not the end of the world..

  11. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    GB, lol – I take it your birthday is in December? Or, wait – isn’t that when Dennis and Amy move on down to Savannah? Now that is a cause for celebration…

  12. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    No, it’s not the end of the world, but he’s a valuable guy to have off the bench and he can play different positions.

  13. Peter Rabbit September 23rd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Don’t worry baby
    (Don’t worry baby)
    Everything will turn out alright
    Don’t worry baby

  14. Jones (NY Giants) September 23rd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    “In his first attempts in center field, Pena took to the position quickly”
    Thats from Chad Jennings blog.

    I guess he did fine, but I know its not the same as playing outfield in the bigs.

  15. Backbench September 23rd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Now it is a certainty that Guzman will be on the post season roster. Gardner & Guzman – Victor Martinez intends to call in sick.

  16. robert September 23rd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    i think i prefer peña he is a home product it tastes better to win with him.. !!

  17. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    test

  18. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Betsy
    September 23rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm
    GB, lol – I take it your birthday is in December? Or, wait – isn’t that when Dennis and Amy move on down to Savannah? Now that is a cause for celebration…

    ————————————————————

    I don’t have birthdays, Betsy. I’m just a figment of my parents imagination.

    Yeaah, Dennis and amy will be down around the first week in December. Still waiting on the date that PAT M is coming to Savannah. We thought about having Randy come down, but, it’s taken 144 years for this town to get over the Civil War. No sense in drudging that up by importing trouble.

  19. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    “Now it is a certainty that Guzman will be on the post season roster. Gardner & Guzman – Victor Martinez intends to call in sick.”

    Can Hairston get his MRI before we declare him out of the playoffs. Also, depending on the actual injury, if it’s his left wrist, he still might be able to field his positions with a bad left wrist with the Yankees only taking 10 pitchers. Hinske will be available as a pinch hitter.

  20. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I’d rather have Pena on the roster in the post season. He had some significant contributions to this team at a pivotal point in the season. He deserves it. Now we just have to figure out a way to get the Cisco Kid on the roster.

  21. Richie September 23rd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    FB JH.

  22. Giuseppe Franco September 23rd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Why don’t we wait and find out the results of the MRI before we start looking for Hairston’s replacement on the postseason roster?

  23. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    “Why don’t we wait and find out the results of the MRI before we start looking for Hairston’s replacement on the postseason roster?”

    There you go…….

  24. Greg F. September 23rd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Honestly, with the Yankees only carrying ten pitchers in the postseason, this doesn’t hurt too much. They will have plenty of outfield depth even with Pena taking Hairston’s spot on the roster.

  25. Evan September 23rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Time to focus on 2010. :(
    ============================

    It’s ovah. Wait til next year.

  26. S.A.--Serenity Now September 23rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Let’s see what happens with Hairston

  27. Doreen September 23rd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Joe from LI -

    I totally liked your post from the last thread and agree wholeheartedly with every point you made. :)

    I have my fingers crossed for Hairston. it would stink for the team and for him if he’s not available for the playoffs. However, I think Pena will be a good infield defensive substitution.

    I caught some of the game on radio today. I caught the nervous parts of the game. So I didn’t listen to the whole game because there was a TON of traffic and I didn’t think a tense Yankee game was going to make the ride go any faster, you know? :lol: I think I made the right decision, since the game was on from the time I left NJ, travelled to Central Islip, helped my daughter get resettled in her room, had dinner, travelled back to NJ and got about 3/4 of the way home before it was over. Sheesh!

    I am sooo happy for Ian Kennedy. He had to have been so pumped up. I heard Sterling say his family was there. What a ride for him this season.

  28. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    KC playing with renewed vigor…

    :)

  29. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    With the upsomeing surgery on Jeter, I’d have more concerns with him than Hairston. Jeter is going to have his toe nails trimmed and as any medical student on this board can tell you, that’s just short of a full leg amputation.

  30. robert September 23rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Hey and it is not pena, his last name is Peña, i know you dont use that letter , but just to let you know the real name.

  31. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    With the ***upcoming*** surgery on Jeter,

  32. able 21 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Don’t forget the trimming of Arod’s nose hairs. That should be of some concern too :)

  33. Doreen September 23rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    GB7 -

    DON’T EVER DO THAT AGAIN!!!

    I almost had a heart attack – until I read the second paragraph.

    Sheesh. That wasn’t nice, GB7, not nice at all to tease about Jeter getting surgery. :)

  34. Zoom September 23rd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Remember when we couldn’t beat good teams?

  35. 86w183 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Hairston and Pena are battling over one post-season spot in all likelyhood. Guzman and Gardner along with Molina will also be there. That’s 13 jobs The regular nine man lineup is locked in). If they only carry ten pitchers for the ALDS they have two slots to fill and one goes to Hinske. Does Cervelli get job 25?

  36. Erica - always OPPC September 23rd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Betsy-

    Its in December

  37. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    With the injury being the left wrist, Hairston is still available as a late inning defensive replacement. Not sure if he’ll try another cortisone shot. I might be too soon, or it hasn’t had any affect.

  38. SoCalYanksfan September 23rd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    “With the upsomeing surgery on Jeter, I’d have more concerns with him than Hairston. Jeter is going to have his toe nails trimmed and as any medical student on this board can tell you, that’s just short of a full leg amputation.”

    You’re not that funny.

  39. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Doreen
    September 23rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm
    GB7 -

    DON’T EVER DO THAT AGAIN!!!

    I almost had a heart attack – until I read the second paragraph.

    Sheesh. That wasn’t nice, GB7, not nice at all to tease about Jeter getting surgery.

    ————————————————————

    Sorry about that, Doreen. Perhaps I should have waited until April 1st for that.

  40. Evan September 23rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    robert September 23rd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Hey and it is not pena, his last name is Peña, i know you dont use that letter , but just to let you know the real name.
    ==========================================
    Seriously, what’s the difference?

  41. Evan September 23rd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

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  42. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    SoCalYanksfan
    September 23rd, 2009 at 8:51 pm
    “With the upsomeing surgery on Jeter, I’d have more concerns with him than Hairston. Jeter is going to have his toe nails trimmed and as any medical student on this board can tell you, that’s just short of a full leg amputation.”

    You’re not that funny.

    ————————————————————

    Have you been reading any of the conclusion jumping that’s gone on over the last hour? It’s the same thing. Take your meds.

  43. Jones September 23rd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    “Hey and it is not pena, his last name is Peña, i know you dont use that letter , but just to let you know the real name.”

    ————————
    I usually do put Peña, but it can be a pain constantly trying to add that tilde. Guess I could just copy & paste. My best friends last name is Peña

  44. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    You say Pateña, I say Patahña, let’s call the whole thing off.

  45. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Wow nice job by KC!

  46. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Lloyd Braun
    December 23rd, 2008 at 4:20 pm
    Red Sox fan here,

    Congrats on Teixeira! But…

    Sabathia replaces Mussina. Mussina was 20-9 last year. How much better is that?

    Burnett, will he win Pettitte’s 14? Burnett is fragile and a head case.

    Teixeira replaces Giambi. Giambi was 32 and 96 last year. Bobby Abreu was 20 and 100.

    Your defense is still atrocious. Pitching and D is the key.

    Should make the rivalry even more fun!!!

    Just saying, congrats, but don’t plan any parades yet.
    =========================================

    remember this post??

  47. Jones September 23rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Seriously, what’s the difference?,
    ———————————-

    In spanish with out the tilde is pronounced (Peh-nah)
    With the Tilde its pronounced (payne-yah)

  48. SoCalYanksfan September 23rd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “Have you been reading any of the conclusion jumping that’s gone on over the last hour? It’s the same thing. Take your meds.”

    Thanks for the reminder

  49. Pat M. September 23rd, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Finally home from watching the Yanks take out the Halos for the 2nd time in less than 24 hours…….So for all those Yankee faithless ( Matt & co. ) who prdicted gloom and doom, they had a 3-3 roadtrip, won the Anaheim series, and fly home with a 2 game winning streak as they ko the BoSox this weekend…….Man , it was hot in Anaheim today glad to be back by the beach…….How about that Kennedy lad ???? He’s going to be alright…..Just think Pete, you’re back out here in 2 weeks…SPORTING A BOSTON GLOBE press pass…….

  50. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I’m eating crow earlier about the lineup and it taste pretty good. GJ Yankees!!!!!!!!!!

  51. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Kc has given Boston more than they can handle for 2 and a half games so far. That’s a lot more than anybody could have hoped for. Hillman isn’t giving up anything, yet.

  52. m September 23rd, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    GB7,

    I’m beginning to think that KC has a disdain for Boston that rivals Toronto’s hate of the Yankees.

    Let’s see if they can cash in on these baserunners.

    Wonder if the Boston players are wondering if they could go back to Baltimore?

  53. Doreen September 23rd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Pat M -

    Glad you finally got to see Yankees win in Anaheim not once, but twice in a row!! Yay for you. :)

  54. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Pat M.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 9:05 pm
    Finally home from watching the Yanks take out the Halos for the 2nd time in less than 24 hours…….So for all those Yankee faithless ( Matt & co. ) who prdicted gloom and doom, they had a 3-3 roadtrip, won the Anaheim series, and fly home with a 2 game winning streak as they ko the BoSox this weekend…….Man , it was hot in Anaheim today glad to be back by the beach…….How about that Kennedy lad ???? He’s going to be alright…..Just think Pete, you’re back out here in 2 weeks…SPORTING A BOSTON GLOBE press pass…….

    ————————————————————

    PAT, I mentioned this earlier, as did CB and SJ, and all of the other iniitial posters. I was not only surprised that Kennedy got a recall, but, that he was put into a game like this. What a pleasant surprise, huh? Got himself into trouble and out of it. Not sure if you saw his interview, but, the young guy was all smiles and honest about his day. Said that he was a little too amped up, and getting a breather when Molina had some heat issues really forced him to settle down. He would never have survived that last year. He had good stuff and of the 25 or so pitches, made really only one bad pitch and badly missed the strike zone on maybe 4 pitches. Big time confidence booster, I think. For him and Girardi, I think.

  55. saucY September 23rd, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Hoping Hairston is okay.

    But I guess we’ll have an opportunity to see how Pena can handle a major league outfield job before the playoffs start, FWIW.

  56. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    m
    September 23rd, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    GB7,

    I’m beginning to think that KC has a disdain for Boston that rivals Toronto’s hate of the Yankees.

    Let’s see if they can cash in on these baserunners.

    Wonder if the Boston players are wondering if they could go back to Baltimore?

    ————————————————————

    It could be. They really took it to Boston late in the 2007 season. Love to see that.

  57. Evan September 23rd, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I can’t believe it.

    The almighty ‘Roid Sox are being shut down by the Royals, the worst team in the AL. :)

  58. saucY September 23rd, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    And i’m on a blackberry, so cut me some slack on the tilde! :)

  59. Doreen September 23rd, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Is it okay that when I see “Pena” I read it as “pain-ya?” :)

  60. m September 23rd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Doreen,

    Oh, da pain-yeah?

  61. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I didn’t see the last couple of innings (was at dinner) but what a great way to end a road trip. It shows you how much baseball is a team, not individual sport. AJ pitched well again except for that awful pitch to Mathews (which any competent major league corner outfielder would have caught, Duncan, as bad as he is, only missed it by half a step) and the secondary relievers did a good job. I’m impressed that Girardi, who is as set in his ways most times as a golden retriever, brought Kennedy in for the 8th inning, I can only imagine what was said on this blog during that whole time.

    I sure hope all Yankees fans now realize that both the AL East and HSA are virtually sewed up and all three teams are playing out the string. The next 10 days is a good time to watch some baseball in an almost spring training like atmosphere and get ready for the post season, where anything can happen although the Yankees, if they play anything close to their best, are going to be very, very difficult to beat.

  62. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 23rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Glad that you’re back on a winning streak, after that losing streak of yankee games you’d previously been to, PatM.

  63. m September 23rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Watching the replay right now.

    A few impressions.

    That sand looks yucky!

    And nice to see a lot of Yankee fans showing their support.

    And I strongly object to a halo being used for the all-star logo. :)

  64. H.E.PennyPacker September 23rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Seriously, how many postseason games would Hairston have made an appearance in anyway? It was highly unlikely he would make it into ANY postseason game without a serious injury to a starter.

  65. Brian M September 23rd, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Not good news but to be honest Pena is a better infielder defensively and with Gardner back we have 4 outfielders. He would barely have played anyway.

    Sad for him though.

  66. Darrin September 23rd, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Just returned from today’s game…unlike Pat M’s unseemly record, I am now a nice shiny 1-0 this year. :)

    Lots of Yankees fans out today, and yes it was as hot as blazes.

    It really was quite a thrill as I’ve never seen this bunch of Yankees play live. The first time I saw Jeter pop out of the dugout a felt a little lump in the throat, and how fitting to see Mo close out a game. Oh, and I can now tell people that I was able to witness A-rod grounding weakly to first.

    But the biggest thrill of all, was the perfect view of the press box. Watching the Sterling Shake after the final out was pure magic.

  67. m September 23rd, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    4.2 IP, 77 pitches for Buckett

  68. m September 23rd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    make that 3.2 IP

  69. Coach6423 September 23rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Beckett at 80 pitches thru 4….11 baseruners….put him in the 8th inning

  70. Brian M September 23rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    In the last couple of weeks I have grown quietly concerned that the Red Sox were starting to peak at the right time, Lester looks strong, DiceK despite strugling in the minors has actually been decent in his return and Wakefield is always a useful weapon.

    It is refreshing to see however that Beckett is looking unusually hittable these days. With Burnett rounding into form my confidence is growing again!

    Now if only Joba could get through the 4th inning.

  71. Pat M. September 23rd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Angel, Thank’s for all the support during this rough stretch ( 0-10 ) ….However I want to thank Erica, her advise ( shower ) was the key…….I went 0-12 once with a bat in my hands, but never expierenced a 10 game losing streak……I was comp’d with 3 rd row seats behind the plate….AJ was amazing, he was running 2 seamers to rh hitters that had Maddox like movement, except they were being deleivered at 97….The Maddox pitch was flat & up, and very hittable….Ducan, for all his size had no chance and frankly I think anyone not named Iciro really would have had a chance, ball was smoked…..Ian, didn’t get much love from the blue, however he grew up abit today….

  72. haiku-man September 23rd, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    KC is tasking Beckett,he’s at 80 pitches at the end of the 4th. 2-0 KC

  73. Erica - always OPPC September 23rd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    :arrow:

  74. m September 23rd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Wowza, KC outhitting Boston 10-1 thru 4 innings.

  75. David September 23rd, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Hairston seems like a really nice guy. I hope he turns out to be OK.

    Hinske is a good hitter, but he’s such a bad fielder, I can’t see him being of much use in the playoffs. Unless some regular is injured, I don’t see a need for Hinske until game 3 of the world series, when he could pinch hit for the pitcher.

  76. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 24th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    hmmmmmm

  77. bardos September 24th, 2009 at 3:44 am

    ñ

  78. Travis Bickle September 24th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Mr. Hairston has been a swing for the fences singles hitter since his days in Baltimore.
    Pena is a far better fielder. And may just be a better hitter. Just another dumb cashman deal. Nothing better than an injury to force the team to do what it should have done in the 1st place.

  79. Bobby September 24th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Peter have you purchased some Red Sox underwear?
    Congratulations on the promotion, you deserve it because of your exemplary work here.

    God Bless

    Bobby

  80. NJ Steve September 24th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Losing Hairston doesn’t hurt at all. You don’t need as many pitchers in the postseason and Hairston brings little value over others on the roster. Pena can bunt and run as well as Hairston and is a better infielder. Hairston is a career .701 OPS guy (he has an OPS of .750 with us)so he is not a good hitter. Pena is better from the left side and Hairston is better from the right, but who would you ever pinch it for with Hairston? As for defense in the OF Hairston has not looked that good and Guzman I would think is better. People overrate Hairston because he can backup a lot of positions. the problem with that thought process is that on the Yankees you don’t need that flexibility because your lineup is pretty much your lineup and you don;t do a lot of pinch hitting. Therefore, all you need is a pinch runner and defensive replacement.


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